|Date of game: 10/9/2014
Recap: Buffalo vs. Columbus
Buffalo, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Cam Atkinson's go-ahead goal in the third period helped the Columbus Blue Jackets defeat the Buffalo Sabres, 3-1, in the season opener for both teams on Thursday.
Jack Skille and Artem Anisimov both scored and Sergei Bobrovsky made 21 saves for the Blue Jackets, who have won their last three games in Buffalo.
Ryan Johansen, who agreed to terms on a three-year contract Monday after missing all of training camp, assisted on Atkinson's momentum-shifting goal.
"We didn't have any passengers tonight. It was a total team effort," Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards said. "Once we got the puck on our stick, I thought we did some good things."
Zemgus Girgensons supplied the Sabres' lone goal and Jhonas Enroth stopped 37-of-40 shots in defeat.
"I thought it was OK at best," Sabres coach Ted Nolan said of his team's performance. "They took it to us for most of the game."
Atkinson worked the puck out of the left corner, weaved around a sliding defender into the slot and fired a shot off the glove of Enroth for the deciding goal with 7:15 left in regulation.
Anisimov's shot from the high slot trickled just inside the post to beat Enroth and seal the win with 2:26 to play.
The Blue Jackets generated solid scoring chances on their four first-period power plays. Anisimov's wrister clanged off the crossbar early in the frame and Scott Hartnell's deflection hit the right post with under six minutes to play.
Skille opened the scoring after his wrister from the right circle found twine over Enroth's right shoulder with 6:39 left in the second
Girgensons broke through the neutral zone and dragged the puck past a defender before wristing it past Bobrovsky for a tie game just over a minute later.Game Notes
Forward Jared Boll became the Blue Jackets' all-time leader in penalty minutes
with 1,027 after a roughing minor, surpassing Jody Shelley's 1,025 ... The two
teams will play two more times this season, but will not meet again until Feb.
24 ... Columbus forward Alexander Wennberg tallied an assist in his NHL debut
... Sabres forward Sam Reinhart, who was drafted second overall in June,
failed to register a shot over 13:37 in his first career game ... Columbus
outshot Buffalo, 40-22.