Bobrovsky, who made his 19th consecutive start for Columbus despite a case of the flu, stopped nine of 10 shots in the opening period.
Backup goaltender Curtis McElhinney started the second period for the Blue Jackets. Earlier in the day, Columbus recalled goalie Mike McKenna from Springfield of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis because Bobrovsky had flu-like symptoms. McKenna did not dress.
The Blue Jackets led 2-1 when Bobrovsky led and won the game 4-2.
Yeah, it was a pretty special moment for me. Today was my Dad's [55th] birthday. I have a lot of family in town, so it was a special moment for me to score my first one today. A win definitely would have capped it off, but you can't have everything.
— Sabres rookie Jack Eichel after scoring a goal in his National Hockey League debut
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