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Umberger leads Blue Jackets in rout of Sabres

Nov 15, 2008 - 5:59 AM BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) -- Since entering the NHL, the Columbus Blue Jackets have had the number of the Buffalo Sabres. R.J. Umberger made sure nothing changed on Friday.

Umberger scored twice and rookie Derick Brassard extended his goal-scoring streak to three games as the Blue Jackets cruised to a 6-1 victory over the Sabres.

Former Sabre Michael Peca netted his first goal of the season and Manny Malhotra and captain Rick Nash also tallied for the Blue Jackets, who have won four of five.

"We've been playing really well," Peca said. "It was the first game all season we had our entire lineup healthy, which gave us a lot of confidence. We knew we had a great opponent in Buffalo - they're fast, they're skilled. We had to play a very responsible game, and I think we did that."

"We know what we're doing," Columbus goaltender Pascal Leclaire said. "We have a lot of confidence in our group. We're not scared of anybody."

Jason Chimera and defenseman Mike Commodore added two assists apiece for Columbus and Leclaire made 36 saves in his first appearance since October 25. The 26-year-old goaltender had been sidelined with a sprained ankle.

"I felt good," Leclaire said. "It didn't slow me down or anything. I wouldn't have come back if I wasn't all right. There was no issue with that."

Jason Pominville netted the lone goal for the Sabres, who fell to 3-1-1 against Western Conference opponents.

Entering with an all-time record of 5-2-1 against Buffalo, Columbus wasted little time taking control of this one.

"Right off the bat, we gave a few opportunities," Pominville said. "They outplayed us tonight. The chances they had, the shots they had. ... It was a message we have to be better, and we know it."

Umberger gave the Blue Jackets a lead it would not relinquish at 5:37 of the first period, converting a pass from below the end line on the right side of the net by Jared Boll while standing on the doorstep. Peca, who spent five seasons with the Sabres from 1995-2000, doubled the advantage less than two minutes later, when he tipped defenseman Fedor Tyutin's blast from the left point past goaltender Patrick Lalime for his first goal of the campaign.

"I think we came out in the first period and got the start we wanted to," Umberger said. "We've talked a lot about our first period and how we want to dictate games, come in with a better attitude. It was good to see us tonight start that way."

"If you're going to expose your goaltender to that right off the bat, you're asking for it," Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. "We've got to be better than that."

The NHL's Rookie of the Month for October, Brassard made it 3-0 with 4:12 remaining in the first, snapping a shot from the slot inside the right goalpost for his team-leading eighth tally.

"That was not the kind of start you want to have," Lalime said. "I think every chance they had, they found a way to put it in."

Malhotra chased Lalime at 5:13 of the second period. Chimera beat defenseman Toni Lydman to the puck behind the net after the goaltender left it there and made a backhand pass to Malhotra, who buried a one-timer from the slot for a 4-0 bulge.

"I had no idea there was one guy coming," Lalime said. "Just a little miscommunication there."

Ryan Miller replaced Lalime, who had stopped just half of the eight shots he faced, and made two saves. Lalime returned to start the third period, however, and did not fare much better.

"I was just trying to do anything to get an edge," Ruff said of pulling Lalime. "I wasn't pulling him because it was his fault. It looked like that because of the fourth goal, which you have to blame him on, but not the first three."

"I was happy to go back in there and feel something, "Lalime said. "They didn't have many shots in the first couple of periods. It was nice to go back."

Pominville got Buffalo on the board during a 5-on-3 power play with 6:23 to go in the second, but Umberger netted his second goal of the night less than six minutes into the third session and Nash tallied less than two minutes later for the final margin.

Lalime yielded all six goals on a total of 25 shots.

"One of those nights," he said. "You look at it and you just throw that one out and look at coming back stronger."








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLUMBUS 3 1 2 6
    BUFFALO 0 1 0 1 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COB - R.J. UMBERGER 6 (JARED BOLL, ROSTISLAV KLESLA) 5:37
    COB - MICHAEL PECA 1 (FEDOR TYUTIN, FREDRIK MODIN) 7:13
    COB - DERRICK BRASSARD 8 (KRISTIAN HUSELIUS, JAN HEJDA)
    15:48
    2ND PRD: COB - MANNY MALHOTRA 3 (JASON C

    Nov 14 10:00 PM
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    Blue Jackets 6, Sabres 1  3rd - 12:36Nov 14 9:38 PM


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    COLUMBUS 6
    BUFFALO 1
    3RD PRD: COB - RICK NASH 7 (MIKE COMMODORE) 7:24

    Blue Jackets 6, Sabres 1  3rd - 12:36Nov 14 9:38 PM


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    COLUMBUS 5
    BUFFALO 1
    3RD PRD: COB - R.J. UMBERGER 7 (JASON CHIMERA) 5:43

    Blue Jackets 5, Sabres 1  3rd - 14:17Nov 14 9:36 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLUMBUS 3 1 4
    BUFFALO 0 1 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COB - R.J. UMBERGER 6 (JARED BOLL, ROSTISLAV KLESLA) 5:37
    COB - MICHAEL PECA 1 (FEDOR TYUTIN, FREDRIK MODIN) 7:13
    COB - DERRICK BRASSARD 8 (KRISTIAN HUSELIUS, JAN HEJDA)
    15:48
    2ND PRD: COB - MANNY MALHOT

    Nov 14 9:08 PM


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    COLUMBUS 4
    BUFFALO 1
    2ND PRD: BUF - (PP) JASON POMINVILLE 6 (DEREK ROY, TIM CONNOLLY) 13:37
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    Blue Jackets 4, Sabres 1  2nd - 6:23Nov 14 8:57 PM


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    COLUMBUS 4
    BUFFALO 0
    2ND PRD: COB - MANNY MALHOTRA 3 (JASON CHIMERA) 5:13

    Blue Jackets 4, Sabres 0  2nd - 14:47Nov 14 8:40 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    COLUMBUS 3 3
    BUFFALO 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: COB - R.J. UMBERGER 6 (JARED BOLL, ROSTISLAV KLESLA) 5:37
    COB - MICHAEL PECA 1 (FEDOR TYUTIN, FREDRIK MODIN) 7:13
    COB - DERRICK BRASSARD 8 (KRISTIAN HUSELIUS, JAN HEJDA)
    15:48
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST

    Nov 14 8:12 PM


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    COLUMBUS 3
    BUFFALO 0
    1ST PRD: COB - DERRICK BRASSARD 8 (KRISTIAN HUSELIUS, JAN HEJDA) 15:48

    Blue Jackets 3, Sabres 0  1st - 4:12Nov 14 8:07 PM


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    COLUMBUS 2
    BUFFALO 0
    1ST PRD: COB - MICHAEL PECA 1 (FEDOR TYUTIN, FREDRIK MODIN) 7:13

    Blue Jackets 2, Sabres 0  1st - 12:47Nov 14 7:54 PM


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    COLUMBUS 1
    BUFFALO 0
    1ST PRD: COB - R.J. UMBERGER 6 (JARED BOLL, ROSTISLAV KLESLA) 5:37

    Blue Jackets 1, Sabres 0  1st - 14:23Nov 14 7:48 PM