The first game after the All-Star break is typically not a pretty one.
Saturday afternoon was no exception, as the Columbus Blue Jackets had their six-game win streak snapped 2-1 in overtime by the lowly Buffalo Sabres.
Had the Blue Jackets faced a playoff-contenting team, their effort in this matinee matchup likely wouldn't have even gotten to overtime, so the club should be thankful for even the one point they got.
From a defensive standpoint, the club heavily limited chances by the Sabres, and rookie goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks, who made his second career start, had an excellent outing to nearly capture yet another road victory. Kivlenieks has only allowed three goals in both games while taking on 56 total shots.
The Blue Jackets' offense, though, was asleep for most of this contest, and luckily Oliver Bjorkstrand lit the lamp to preserve the club's point streak. Overtime was brief, with Jack Eichel scoring his 31st goal of the season.
Josh Anderson has been skating in practice and could be the next player to return from injury. Joonas Korpisalo has been involved in light drills as well.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are right back into the action tomorrow afternoon on the road against the Montreal Canadiens. Puck drop is set for 2:00 PM at the Bell Centre.