Niagara Gazette

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January 26, 2014

Sabres end Blue Jackets' 8-game winning streak

Niagara Gazette — COLUMBUS, Ohio — Christian Ehrhoff and Marcus Foligno scored short-handed goals to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 5-2 victory over Columbus on Saturday night, ending the Blue Jackets’ franchise-record winning streak at eight.

Ryan Miller was almost flawless in goal for the Sabres, making 38 saves — standing particularly tall on the Blue Jackets’ four fruitless power plays.

Matt Ellis, Steve Ott and Cody Hodgson also scored for the Sabres, who had lost five in a row (0-3-2). Ehrhoff added two assists, tying a career high with three points. Hodgson also had an assist.

Derek MacKenzie had a goal and an assist and Mark Letestu also scored for the Blue Jackets, who had tallied at least three goals in each game during the streak.

Sergei Bobrovsky, who came in 9-0-0 with a 1.80 goals-against average and .940 save percentage in his past nine starts, had a forgettable game. He was pulled after giving up three goals — including both of the short-handed tallies.

The Blue Jackets were seeking a win not only to extend their streak, but also to pass the New York Rangers and take over second place in the Metropolitan Division.

They never got closer than two goals in the last 23½ minutes.

Bobrovsky gave up both short-handed goals and another on just 10 shots before being replaced by Curtis McElhinney early in the second period.

The Sabres got on the board first at the 2:21 mark of the opening period when Ellis backhanded the puck — perhaps just trying to keep it in play off the back boards — and it eluded a surprised Bobrovsky.

Miller made several sterling saves in the opening period, including Cam Atkinson on a rush and Brandon Dubinsky on the rebound. The Sabres killed two penalties in the opening period.

The Blue Jackets pulled even on a pretty give-and-go play. MacKenzie passed to rookie Ryan Murray who fed the puck right back to him for a one-timer which got to the net off Sabres forward Zenon Konopka’s skate. It was his fourth of the season and came at the 12:53 mark.

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