It wasn't pretty, but the Jackets earned a 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday. Kyle Quincey and Cam Atkinson provided the early scores, and then Sergei Bobrovsky, as he's been known to do, helped the team hang on with 41 saves on 42 shots for his 41st win this season.
The Jackets came into the game looking to jump-start their offensive production, and they stepped up to the plate in the first period. Quincey got the home team on the board 14:47 into the game when, after a flurry of activity in front of the net, he gathered the puck off a Sabres clearing attempt and fired from above the right circle to make it 1-0 with his first goal as a Blue Jacket.
Cam Atkinson, who had moved to a line with Alexander Wennberg and Nick Foligno, capitalized three minutes later. Seth Jones carried the puck into the offensive zone and sent a perfectly placed pass across the right circle to Atkinson who made it 2-0 with his 34th goal of the season.
After that, the Jackets had to fight through a rough final 40 minutes. In the second period, the Jackets were outshot 12-8 and out attempted 21-14. Buffalo earned a power play goal to make it 2-1 through 40 minutes of play.
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The third period showed some additional changes to the Jackets' forward lines, and they found a little jump in their step, but performed overall only in "spurts" according to head coach John Tortorella. The team went 0-3 on power play opportunities.
Brandon Saad (22-28-50) added a late empty net goal to move the score to 3-1 and mark his third consecutive season with 50 points.