The Blue Jackets get another win against the Sabres (2/7/2009)
The Columbus Blue Jackets picked up their second straight win under new interim head coach Claude Noel. Steve Mason saved all 28 shots placed at him, landing him a shut-out, and Jakub Vorachek added three assists in the game. The first period for both Columbus and the Buffalo Sabres was quiet and only contain two Blue Jackets penalties.
However, the Blue Jackets continued to play hard. The scoring got started at the 2:17 mark on the second period when Milan Jurcina scored his first goal of the season. Jurcina got nice passes from Antonie Vermette and Vorachek for the goal. The teams went another 13 minutes without any scoring, until Rick Nash netted his team high 25th goal of the season at the 15:32 mark. R.J. Umberger and Kristian Huselius assisted on the goal. Nash’s score was incredible. Nash made a dive on the puck, and was able to sling it right in. Easily one of Nash’s top 5 goals in his career. There was a total of 20 penalty minutes during the second period, with Buffalo garnering 13 of them.
Anton Stralman got the party started right away in the third for the Blue Jackets, scoring at the 0:46. For Stralman it was his 6th of the season. Derick Brassard and Jakub Vorachek assisted on the goal. Just two minutes later, the Blue Jackets tacked on their 4th goal of the night when Raffi Torres lit the lamp, on a power play goal. The defense for Columbus continued to stymie the Sabres all evening.
The win for the Blue Jackets pushed them to within two points of St. Louis, for 4th place in the Central Division. Buffalo lost four the fourth straight time. They continue to be tied in 3rd overall in the Eastern Conference.