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Carter Impresses in Debut, Jackets Win 4-1

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets
(AP) -- Rick Nash, Jaroslav Balastik, Anson Carter and Geoff Platt scored as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 in a preseason game Tuesday night.

Blue Jackets forward Sergei Fedorov fell and slammed into the end boards 30 seconds into the second period, injuring his shoulder. The 36-year-old center didn't return and was to be evaluated Wednesday.

Jochen Hecht beat Blue Jackets goaltender Ty Conklin with a long shot 17 seconds after Fedorov left to give Buffalo a 1-0 lead.

Columbus responded with two power-play goals in a 37-second span midway through the period.

Nash fired a one-timed shot from the right circle past Ryan Miller at 9:49. Balastik then steered the puck into an open net before Miller could recover to make it 2-1.

Carter made a nifty move to score on a backhand shot -- another Columbus power-play tally -- at 5:35 of the third period.

Platt beat Miller with a shot from the right circle.

Buffalo outshot Columbus 41-26.

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