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Blue Jackets roll past Sabres

Nov 26, 2011 - 5:12 AM
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Rick Nash scored twice as the Columbus Blue Jackets took a 5-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres.

Marc Methot, Mark Letestu and R.J. Umberger each scored a goal for the Blue Jackets, who are on a bit of a roll as they've won three of their past four with the loss coming in a shootout against New Jersey on Wednesday. Curtis Sanford made 28 saves in the win.

Jordan Leopold scored the lone goal for the Sabres, who have dropped their past three games.

Jhonas Enroth let in four goals on 18 shots before being pulled early in the second for Drew MacIntyre, who stopped 15-of-16 shots the rest of the way.

"It was a frustrating game out there tonight," said Enroth. "We can't afford to give away games like this."

The Blue Jackets struck 10:50 into the first when Ryan Johansen skated in the zone down the right wing and from the circle threw a shot on net that Enroth stopped with the right pad, but the rebound went right to Letestu for the easy slam.

Skating on the power play, the Blue Jackets made it a 2-0 game as James Wisniewski's slap shot from the right point was redirected in by Nash.

"When you can get out of the first period with a two-goal lead it takes some of the pressure off, especially when you're at home," said Nash. "We're just trying to simplify things out there and it's working."

Columbus scored twice separated by 12 seconds in the second for a 4-0 lead.

The first goal came at the 4:17 mark when Methot's shot from the left point sailed through a screen for his first of the year.

Just moments later, Johansen threw a shot on net from the right boards that was sitting on the line and Umberger shoved it in for his third of the season.

Buffalo stopped the bleeding 3 1/2 minutes later as Leopold's wrister beat Sanford, but Nash made it a 5-1 game with 5:53 to play in the second when he redirected a Jeff Carter pass.

Game Notes

It was a season-high in goals scored for Columbus...Columbus hosts St. Louis on Sunday...Buffalo faces Washington at home on Saturday...The Sabres had won the previous three meetings with Columbus...Columbus was 1-for-5 on the power play while Buffalo went 0-for-4.