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Sabres roll to 5-0 win against slumping Jackets

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

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Sabres roll to 5-0 win against slumping Jackets
Columbus Blue Jackets 0, Buffalo Sabres 5

For a change, the Buffalo Sabres made life easy for goaltender Ryan Miller

Not only did the Sabres limit visiting Columbus to just 19 shots, their dormant offense erupted for five goals as Buffalo routed the Blue Jackets 5-0 at HSBC Arena on Friday night.

Miller had an easy time earning his first shutout of the season and 18th of his career as the Sabres beat the Jackets for just the third time in their 11 meetings since Columbus entered the NHL 10 years ago.

"It's a good night when you can kind of get forgotten a little bit," Miller said. "I have no problem with that. We played a good game, and it's good to see. The puck went in the back of the net, we were able to control the play, and we played good defense. From where I'm standing, that's probably one of our better overall efforts."

The Sabres did almost nothing wrong while handing the Jackets their fourth loss in a row. Buffalo went 3-for-6 on the power play, killed off all six Columbus man advantages and kept second chances to a minimum.

"It was the whole package, " Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "It might be as good a game as we played."

And as feisty. Buffalo took 63 of the 112 combined penalty minutes, with Steve Montador, Patrick Kaleta and Cody McCormick each earning 17 minutes worth of penalties in the third period. Columbus' Jared Boll drew a major and a game misconduct for elbowing Buffalo defenseman Shaone Morrisonn in the head along the boards late in the third period.

Buffalo got a lift from the return of Drew Stafford, who had a goal and an assist in his first game after missing the past 11 because of a shoulder injury.

Buffalo outshot the Blue Jackets 29-12 through two periods while taking a 3-0 lead. Jochen Hecht and Jason Pominville had first-period goals before Stafford made it 3-0 on the power play with his fifth of the season at 12:01 of the second. He converted a behind-the-back pass by Derek Roy with a one-timer from the lower-left circle that beat Garon.

Thomas Vanek and Tyler Ennis added goals in the final five minutes of the third period to blow the game open.

"We talked about goal scoring, and tonight the puck went in for certain guys," Vanek said. "Once we got the 2-0 lead we played with confidence."

Mathieu Garon faced 37 shots for the slumping Blue Jackets.

"We just didn't seem ready from the start," Columbus captain Rick Nash said. "It was a poor effort."

Columbus looked nothing like the team that had won five in a row before dropping its last four.

"Too many guys on vacation," center R.J. Umberger said. "It was probably our worst effort in a while. We're not going to win any games like that."

Material from wire services was used in this report

scoring summary
1st Period
05:58
BUF
Jochen Hecht (3) ASST: Tyler Ennis (7), Michael Grier (7)
1 - 0 BUF
14:54
BUF
PPG - Jason Pominville (2) ASST: Drew Stafford (5), Thomas Vanek (10)
2 - 0 BUF
2nd Period
12:01
BUF
PPG - Drew Stafford (5) ASST: Derek Roy (16), Thomas Vanek (11)
3 - 0 BUF
3rd Period
15:31
BUF
Tyler Ennis (6) ASST: Shaone Morrisonn (2)
4 - 0 BUF
19:13
BUF
PPG - Thomas Vanek (10) ASST: Tyler Ennis (8), Derek Roy (17)
5 - 0 BUF
penalty summary
1st Period
11:48
CBJ
Kris Russell  Interference against  Jason Pominville
14:25
CBJ
Derek Dorsett  Slashing against  Shaone Morrisonn
15:41
BUF
Jochen Hecht  Hooking against  R.J. Umberger
18:26
BUF
Derek Roy  Tripping against  Anton Stralman
2nd Period
11:08
CBJ
Ethan Moreau  Interference on goalkeeper against  Ryan Miller
19:15
BUF
Steve Montador  Roughing against  Chris Clark
19:15
BUF
Jordan Leopold  Roughing against  Chris Clark
19:15
CBJ
Chris Clark  Roughing against  Jordan Leopold
19:15
CBJ
Mike Commodore  Boarding (maj) against  Patrick Kaleta
3rd Period
00:09
BUF
Mike Weber  Interference against  Derek MacKenzie
00:09
BUF
Mike Weber  Roughing against  Derek MacKenzie
00:09
CBJ
Derek MacKenzie  Roughing against  Mike Weber
04:36
CBJ
Mike Commodore  Fighting (maj) against  Cody McCormick
04:36
BUF
Cody McCormick  Misconduct (10 min) against  Mike Commodore
04:36
BUF
Cody McCormick  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Commodore
04:36
BUF
Cody McCormick  Instigator against  Mike Commodore
07:48
CBJ
Jared Boll  Charging against  Drew Stafford
07:48
CBJ
Jared Boll  Fighting (maj) against  Steve Montador
07:48
BUF
Steve Montador  Fighting (maj) against  Jared Boll
07:48
BUF
Steve Montador  Instigator against  Jared Boll
07:48
BUF
Steve Montador  Misconduct (10 min) against  Jared Boll
08:57
CBJ
Derek Dorsett  Fighting (maj) against  Patrick Kaleta
08:57
BUF
Patrick Kaleta  Misconduct (10 min) against  Derek Dorsett
08:57
BUF
Patrick Kaleta  Fighting (maj) against  Derek Dorsett
08:57
BUF
Patrick Kaleta  Roughing against  Derek Dorsett
17:13
CBJ
Jared Boll  Illegal check to head (maj) against  Shaone Morrisonn
17:13
CBJ
Jared Boll  Game misconduct against  Shaone Morrisonn
17:58
CBJ
Kyle Wilson  Slashing against  Derek Roy
goalie stats
Mathieu Garon
SA: 37TOI: 60:00
Saves: 32EV: 21 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 10 - 13
SV%: .865SH: 1 - 1
Ryan Miller
SA: 19TOI: 60:00
Saves: 19EV: 15 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0