COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Rick Nash scored twice and goalie Curtis Sanford was again solid in goal as the Columbus Blue Jackets chased Buffalo goalie Jhonas Enroth early in the second period of 5-1 victory that sent the Sabres to a third straight loss Saturday night.
Mark Letestu, Marc Methot and R.J. Umberger also scored for Columbus, who broke out with their highest goal output and largest margin of victory this season. The Blue Jackets are on a five-game points streak and are 4-1-2 run since a brutal 2-12-1 start.
Rookie Ryan Johansen, James Wisniewski and Jeff Carter each added two assists for Columbus, which controlled the game, except for a short stretch in the second period, in front of the most energized crowd of the season.
Sanford finished with 28 saves improving to 3-0-2 as a starter for the Blue Jackets.