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Buffalo 2, Columbus 1
When: 1:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 1, 2020
Where: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, New York
Referees: Peter MacDougall, Chris Rooney
Linesmen: Devin Berg, Scott Cherrey
Attendance: 17650

Buffalo's Jack Eichel scored the game-winning goal 36 seconds into overtime as the host Sabres cooled off the Columbus Blue Jackets in a 2-1 win on Saturday afternoon.

The Sabres gained possession on the faceoff in the extra period and never relinquished the puck. Eichel entered the offensive zone from the left, moved over into the right circle and zipped home his career-high 31st goal on the only overtime shot. It was his team-best third OT winner this season.

Evan Rodrigues scored, and Rasmus Dahlin, Rasmus Ristolainen and Sam Reinhart contributed assists for the Sabres, who improved to 5-1-0 in matinee contests this season.

With No. 1 goalie Linus Ullmark out with a lower-body injury, Carter Hutton recorded 22 saves in his second consecutive start and moved to 7-8-4. Winger Kyle Okposo didn't play after suffering an upper-body injury in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

Oliver Bjorkstrand potted his team-high 17th goal, and Gustav Nyquist and Pierre-Luc Dubois added assists for Columbus, which played for the first time since Jan. 22 and earned a point for the 18th time in its last 20 games (15-2-3).

Also playing without its top goalie -- Joonas Korpisalo, who missed his 13th consecutive game -- Columbus turned to backup Matiss Kivlenieks, who stopped 22 shots in his second career start.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, Dahlin faked Columbus forward Emil Bemstrom near the blue line, drew another defender to him and fed a pass into the slot to Rodrigues for his third goal at 16:08 of the first period.

The Blue Jackets appeared to tie it at 1 with three minutes remaining in the second after Cam Atkinson skated by Buffalo defenseman Jake McCabe, who fell on the play, and wristed a shot on goal from the right dot. The puck bounced out to the left side to Alexander Wennberg, who put it in for the equalizer.

However, the officials reviewed the play and overturned it, determining that Wennberg kicked in the puck with his left skate after missing a shot attempt with his stick.

The visitors did tie it in the third shortly after their second power play ended. Nyquist's pass was tipped back to Bjorkstrand, who tallied at 5:45 to extend his goal streak to three games with his fifth marker in that span.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Columbus   Buffalo
Oliver Bjorkstrand 1 Points Jack Eichel 1
Oliver Bjorkstrand 1 Goals Jack Eichel 1
Pierre-Luc Dubois 1 Assists Rasmus Dahlin 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Matiss Kivlenieks .917 Save Percentage Carter Hutton .957
Matiss Kivlenieks 22 Saves Carter Hutton 22
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Columbus 23 1 0-2 0-0 0 31
Buffalo 24 2 0-0 2-2 4 31
Upcoming Games
  • Buffalo will play their next game at home against Colorado. The Sabres have a W/L % of .478 after a win and .414 after a loss.
  • Columbus will play their next game on the road against Montreal. The Blue Jackets have a W/L % of .556 after a win and .480 after a loss.