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Friday, April 8, 2016
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BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Sabres, needing a win tonight to break .500 for the season, fell 4-1 to the Columbus Blue Jackets at First Niagara Center.

Matt Calvert scored first for Columbus. The power play goal at 18:45 of the first period was assisted by Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Murray.

Sam Reinhart tied it for the Sabres at 13;37 of the second period. His power play goal was assisted by Jack Eichel and Matt Moulson. Nick Foligno scored at 15:16, retaking the lead for the Blue Jackets. Boone Jenner and Josh Anderson assisted. At 17:25, Dalton Proud made it 3-1 Columbus, assisted by William Karlsson.

Brandon Saad made it 4-1 at 5:11 of the third period, assisted by Alexander Wennberg and Oliver Bjorkstrand.

The loss puts the Sabres at 34-36-11 on the season, assuring them a losing season. The Sabres close out the season on Saturday against the New York Islanders on Long Island.

NOTES: 




  • Jason Kasdorf, Evan Rodrigues and Cole Schneider all made their NHL debuts tonight.
  • Excluding season-openers, the Sabres had never before had three or more players make their NHL debuts in the same game.
  • The last time the Sabres had three or more players make their NHL debuts in the same game was Oct. 8, 1992 (Richard Smehlik, Yuri Khmylev, Philippe Boucher and Viktor Gordiouk).
  • Williamsville, NY native Cole Schneider became the sixth player born in the Buffalo area to appear in a regular-season game for the Sabres, joining Justin Bailey, Marcus Foligno, Patrick Kaleta, Tim Kennedy and Scott Thomas.
  • Sam Reinhart’s 23rd goal of the season has moved him into sole-possession of eighth place in Sabres history for goals by a rookie. He broke a tie with Christian Ruuttu (1986-87), John Tucker (1984-85) and Peter McNab (1974-75).
  • With his assist on Reinhart’s goal, Jack Eichel now has 31 assists this season, tying him with Danny Gare (1974-75) for eighth-most by a rookie in Sabres history.
  • Eichel now has 55 points (24+31) this season, tying J.F. Sauve (1981-82) for eighth-most points by a Sabres rookie all-time.
  • With tonight’s assist, Eichel has four points (1+3) in three games against Columbus this season.


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