Jack Roslovic and Vladislav Gavrikov scored twice each, Max Domi had three points, and the Columbus Blue Jackets picked up win number ten on the season with a 7-4 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.
Despite the seven-goal performance, it was the Sabres who opened the scoring. Tage Thompson scored his first of two goals on the night less than four minutes into the game to make it 1-0 Buffalo.
The Blue Jackets would tie the game up at 1-1 in the middle of the opening frame and take a 2-1 lead a few minutes later. Both Columbus goals were off the stick of Roslovic, his first two goals of the season. The second goal gave Domi his first of three points on the night, and his assist was highlight-reel material.
After an Andrew Peeke penalty with just eight seconds left in the period, Buffalo's Zegmus Girgenson tied the game at 2-2 on a power play goal with just two-tenths of a second remaining in the opening frame.
The second period would start with a flurry of action, as four goals would be scored in the first 4:44 of the frame. The first three of those goals would come from Columbus, including Oliver Bjorkstrand's sixth of the season just 24 seconds into the period and Domi's second of the year 31 seconds after that.
The @BlueJacketsNHL established a franchise record for the fastest two goals to begin a period after @OBjorkstrand and @maxdomi both scored within the opening 55 seconds of the second, besting the previous mark of 1:18 (March 27, 2010).#NHLStats: https://t.co/fHuC23ZjLq pic.twitter.com/sZa8X02EIB— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) November 23, 2021
The pair of goals gave Columbus a new franchise record for the fastest two goals to open a period, per NHL's Public Relations.
Gavrikov would soon make it 5-2 Columbus with an absolute laser of a shot at 3:41 into the period for his first goal of the season, but Blue Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalo would allow the Sabres to get back into the game again with two goals before the midway point of the second period to narrow the Columbus lead to 5-4.
NHL Video Highlight - Vladislav Gavrikov scores against the Buffalo Sabres to make it 5-2. pic.twitter.com/j50QT3aKre— Blue Jackets Game Bot (@CBJGameBot) November 23, 2021
Korpisalo and the Columbus defense would settle down and come up with clutch saves in the final period, including 2:32 of power play time in the middle part of the period — 32 seconds of which was crucial 5-on-3 time for Buffalo.
With the penalties killed, the score remained 5-4 in favor of the Blue Jackets until the final minute of the game, when Gavrikov would add an empty netter for his second of the game at the 19:15 mark and Sean Kuraly would find an empty net with ten seconds remaining to make it 7-4.
The win sends Columbus to 10-6-0 on the season, and assures them a winning record heading into December.
The Blue Jackets return home, and Pierre-Luc Dubois returns to Columbus as a member of the Jets as Winnipeg faces off against Columbus in a Thanksgiving Eve battle. Puck drop Wednesday is at 7 p.m. ET.