Jack Roslovic had two goals and an assist, and the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Buffalo Sabres 7-4 on Monday night.
Vladislav Gavrikov scored twice and Max Domi had a goal and two assists for the Blue Jackets, who have won three of four. Joonas Korpisalo made 29 saves.
Tage Thompson scored twice for the Sabres in their third straight loss. Dustin Tokarski allowed four goals in 12 shots before Aaron came on early in the second period and stopped 14 of 15 shots.
Thompson got a pass from in front of the net from Victor Oloffson and scored to give the Sabres a 1-0 lead at 3:38 of the first period.
Roslovic scored off Tokarski’s glove on a three-on-two rush to tie score 1-1 at 8:23.
The Blue Jackets took a 2-1 lead at 14:04 when Roslovic took a pass from Domi, skated into the slot and scored on a wrist shot.
Buffalo tied it with less than one second left in the period when Zemgus Girgensons deflected in Colin Miller’s shot from the point on a power play.
The Blue Jackets appeared to take control with three goals in the opening minutes of the second period.
Oliver Bjorkstrand made it 3-2 when he converted a pass from Boone Jenner on the rush 24 seconds into the second period.
Domi scored from the slot off a pass from Gregory Hoffman just 31 seconds later to increase the lead to 4-2 and Aaron Dell replaced Tokarksi for Buffalo.
Gavrikov scored on a one-timer from the point at 3:41 to make it 5-2.
Buffalo rallied as Dylan Cozens beat Korpisalo on a 2-on-1 rush at 4:44 and Thompson scored his second of the night and third in two games with a one-timer from the top of the left circle on a power play at 9:55 to pull the Sabres within 5-4.
The Sabres had back-to-back power plays, including a 32-second five-on-three, in the third period but were unable to convert.
Gavrikov scored into an empty net with 45 seconds remaining and Sean Kuraly added an empty-net goal with 10 seconds left.
–Field Level Media