The Columbus Blue Jackets dropped their third consecutive game, this one by a 5-4 score to the Buffalo Sabres tonight at Nationwide Arena.
The club hadn't played a game in 10 days, and it showed. After a sloppy first period that saw the Blue Jackets go into the break down 3-1, they responded with a three goal second period, and were all square at 4-4 after two periods of play.
Connor Sheary, an old nemesis from his days with the Pittsburgh Penguins, scored his eighth goal of the year at the 2:12 mark of the third period, giving the Sabres the lead and ultimately securing the win for the road team.
It's a tough loss for a Blue Jackets team that needed a win after dropping the last two games heading into the mandatory bye week and the All-Star break.
Despite giving up five goals, Sergei Bobrovsky played well. The Blue Jackets defensive coverage was porous for much of the game, and, if anything, Bobrovsky kept it a close game.
The three-game losing streak is a season high for the Blue Jackets. They are now 14-5-1 following a loss.
Boone Jenner did not play due to an undisclosed injury.
The Blue Jackets head out west for a date in Winnipeg to take on the Jets on Thursday night at 8:00 PM.
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