NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Buffalo
(Friday, October 19th)
Final Score: Columbus 3, Buffalo 0
Buffalo, NY (Sports Network) - Pascal Leclaire notched his third shutout in just his fourth game of the season as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Buffalo Sabres, 3-0, at HSBC Arena.
Leclaire stopped all 21 shots he faced and Rick Nash led the way offensively for Columbus with a goal and an assist, his second consecutive two-point night. Michael Peca and Nikolai Zherdev netted their first goals of the season, as the Blue Jackets snapped a two-game skid.
Ryan Miller made 26 saves for the Sabres, who saw their three-game winning streak come to an end. It also marked the first time Buffalo was blanked since a 7-0 loss at Toronto on April 1, 2006.
Following a scoreless opening period, Columbus took control of the game, building a 2-0 lead. With the teams skating 4-on-4, Nash walked out of the corner and wristed the puck on net. Miller made the save, but the Sabres defense fail to the clear the rebound, and Peca swooped in and backhanded the puck into the net at the 6:31 mark of the second.
At the 12:08 mark, a streaking Nash was hooked from behind by defenseman Henrik Tallinder and awarded a penalty shot. Miller made a blocker save, but Nash would respond 1:02 later on the power play. Nash skated around the defense and fired the puck past Miller for his fourth goal of the season.
Zherdev rounded out the scoring with an empty-net tally in the final minute.
In a tightly contested first frame, Buffalo had a couple of chances to score, but failed to capitalize with a two-man advantage and center Paul Gaustad clanged a shot off the left post.
Columbus leads the all-time series 5-2-1...Columbus left winger Fredrik Modin missed his second consecutive game with a groin injury...Leclaire's shutout was the fourth of his career...Columbus entered the game with the second-best penalty-killing unit (92.6%)...Friday's win was Columbus' first on the road...Buffalo's Tim Connolly and Jason Pominville had their four-game point streak snapped...Columbus went 1-for-6 on the power play, while Buffalo was 0-for-5.
10/19 22:35:53 ET