Tyler Myers had a night to remember on the score sheet in his 300th career NHL game with a pair of goals for the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, Jan. 18, including the game tying goal in the final minute of the third period, but in the end the Columbus Blue Jackets came out on top over the Sabres in the shootout by a score of 4-3.
The Sabres kicked off the scoring 59 seconds into the opening period with Tyler Myers’ first goal of the game. After taking a pass in the slot from Matt Moulson on the left wing, Myers fired a quick wrist shot that beat Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to put the Sabres up 1-0 early.
The Blue Jackets however tied it up 5:20 later with a goal by David Savard. Blue Jackets forward Derek MacKenzie took a slapshot from the top of the left faceoff circle that went wide and along the back boards all the way around to the right wing wall to Savard. Savard then let a slap shot go from the right half-wall that eluded Ryan Miller to even the score at 1-1.
The Sabres answered right back though with a goal by Drew Stafford 28 seconds later. Blue Jackets defenseman James Wisniewski tried to make a pass from behind his own net that ended up hitting the skate of teammate Brandon Dubinsky and bounced to Tyler Ennis right in the slot. Ennis then fed a pass to Drew Stafford for an easy tip in as he drove to the net on the right side, putting the Sabres up 2-1 with 13:13 remaining in the first period.
The Blue Jackets tied it back up again almost six minutes later with a goal by Matt Calvert. Defenseman Nikita Nikitin fired a slap shot from the point that Ryan Miller made the save on, but Calvert was able to cash in on a backhand rebound to tie the score back up at two apiece with 7:16 remaining in the opening frame.
The Sabres thought they had taken the lead again 24 seconds into the second period after Tyler Ennis fired a shot from the slot that eluded Sergei Bobrovsky and went off Matt Moulson into the net. However, after a video review it was determined that Moulson directed the puck into the net with a distinct kicking motion and the goal was disallowed, keeping the score at 2-2.
The Blue Jackets would eventually go ahead 3-2 with a power play goal 11:21 into the second period. With Zenon Konopka in the box for goalie interference, Brandon Dubinsky cashed in on a rebound chance following a scramble in the crease after Ryan Miller made a save on James Wisniewski, giving the Blue Jackets their first lead of the game.
The Sabres would eventually tie the game up on the power play in the final minute of regulation on Tyler Myers’ second goal of the game. With David Savard in the box for tripping and Ryan Miller on the bench of an extra attacker, Cody Hodgson took a pass on the left point from Christian Ehrhoff, who then passed it to Myers just inside the right faceoff circle. Myers then fired a wrist shot that found its way past Sergei Bobrovsky to even the score at three with only 25 seconds remaining.
The game would go into overtime, which also elapsed without a winner, bringing on a shootout.
Blue Jackets forward Ryan Johansen had the only goal in the shootout, while Sergei Bobrovsky stopped all three Sabres shooters to secure a victory for Columbus.
Ryan Miller made 32 saves for the Sabres in the shootout loss, and now falls to 12-18-3 on the season with a .927 save percentage and a 2.60 goals against average.
With the shootout loss, the Sabres are now 13-27-7 on the season after 47 games. With 33 points in the standings, they still sit in last place in the entire NHL with 35 games remaining on the schedule.
The Sabres next game is on Tuesday, Jan. 21 when they host the Florida Panthers at the First Niagara Center at 7 p.m. Eastern.