It’s hard to win games in the NHL when you sleepwalk through the first 40 minutes, and that was the case for the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night as they fell 5-3 to the Columbus Blue Jackets at KeyBank Center. With the loss, Buffalo dropped to 31-24-4 (66 points).
The game was tied 1-1 after the first period, but Columbus scored three goals in the second to take a 4-1 lead into the final period. The Sabres decided to wake up and made it a one-goal game with just over 10 minutes left in regulation, but the Blue Jackets sealed the win with an empty-net goal.
Tage Thompson tallied his 80th point of the season with his 41st goal. Jack Quinn netted his 11th goal, and JJ Peterka added one, his eighth and first since December 13. Craig Anderson stopped 31-of-35 shots.
Buffalo went 1-for-3 on the man advantage and 0-for-1 on the penalty kill.
The Sabres will try to bounce back on Thursday night in Boston when they take on the Bruins at 7 p.m.