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Columbus 4, Buffalo 3
When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, February 10, 2022
Where: KeyBank Center, Buffalo, New York
Referees: Eric Furlatt, Francois St. Laurent
Linesmen: Steve Barton, Devin Berg
Attendance: 8476

Jakub Voracek scored 16 seconds into overtime to power the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.

Columbus overcame a 3-1 deficit in the third period after Brendan Gaunce scored his first goal of the season and Oliver Bjorkstrand converted on the power play. Voracek capped the comeback by wiring a shot from the right circle that sailed past Dustin Tokarski (30 saves).

The Blue Jackets improved to 4-0-2 in their last six games against the Sabres, including a 7-4 victory at Buffalo on Nov. 22.

Columbus native Jack Roslovic collected two goals and an assist in that November game and netted his team's first tally on Thursday. Elvis Merzlikins turned aside 24 shots as the Blue Jackets posted their fourth win in their last five games overall.

Defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, Kyle Okposo and Alex Tuch scored for the Sabres, who saw their losing streak extend to three games after playing their first contest following the All-Star break.

Tuch scored from the doorstep to give Buffalo a 3-1 lead just 12 seconds into the third period before Columbus mounted a comeback.

Gaunce scored from a sharp angle to halve the deficit just over 4 1/2 minutes later before Bjorkstrand converted Patrik Laine's feed at the doorstep with 5:35 to play in the third period.

Columbus benefited from a fortunate carom to open the scoring at 9:05 of the first period.

Roslovic's attempted centering feed from along the goal line banked off the skate of Buffalo defenseman Mark Pysyk and into the net.

The goal was Roslovic's eighth of the season and third in two games against the Sabres.

Buffalo forged a tie by scoring 3:27 into the second period after Dahlin's shot from the point deflected off the tip of Merzlikins' glove and into the net.

Mark Jankowski settled the puck behind the net before feeding Okposo, who made no mistake by beating Merzlikins to give Buffalo a 2-1 lead with 1:37 remaining in the second period. The goal was Okposo's ninth of the season and second in four games.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Columbus   Buffalo
Jakub Voracek 2 Points Tage Thompson 2
Jakub Voracek 1 Goals Rasmus Dahlin 1
Jakub Voracek 1 Assists Tage Thompson 2
Oliver Bjorkstrand 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Elvis Merzlikins .889 Save Percentage Dustin Tokarski .882
Elvis Merzlikins 24 Saves Dustin Tokarski 30
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Columbus 34 4 1-2 1-1 2 27
Buffalo 27 3 0-1 1-2 4 25
Upcoming Games
  • Buffalo will play their next game on the road against Montreal. The Sabres have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .290 after a loss.
  • Columbus will play their next game on the road against Montreal. The Blue Jackets have a W/L % of .381 after a win and .583 after a loss.