Patrik Laine and Gustav Nyquist Each Score a Pair but Tage Thompson's Five Goals Helps the Sabres Embarrass the Blue Jackets 9-4

By Coby Maeir on December 7, 2022 at 10:10 pm
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Not sure what to say about that performance.

The Sabres scored six first-period goals, Tage Thompson lit the lamp five times, and Buffalo absolutely embarrassed the Blue Jackets, winning 9-4 Wednesday at Nationwide Arena.

First period

The Sabres opened the scoring at 3:21 on the power play when Dylan Cozens fired a wrist shot from the right circle that got a piece of Joonas Korpisalo's pads.

They added to their lead at 5:32 when Thompson scored on a backhand from the left doorstep that faked Korpisalo out and left the net wide open.

Buffalo scored again at 7:28 after Erik Gudbranson turned the puck over and Rasmus Dahlin toe-dragged past a defender and fired a wrist shot past Korpisalo from the high slot. Korpisalo was replaced by Elvis Merzlikins after the goal.

The Sabres made it 4-0 at 7:50 when Thompson scored on a two-on-one rush from the right doorstep after receiving a feed from Alex Tuch.

Thompson completed his hat trick at 7:38 when he fired a one-timer from the left circle on the power play. 

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He scored on the power play again at 16:40 on a one-timer from the left dot. 

The Sabres took a 6-0 lead into the first intermission with a 14-5 edge in shots on goal.

2nd period

Patrik Laine opened the scoring at 10:49 on a toe-drag wrist shot of his own from the top of the right circle.

The Jackets cut the lead to four at 12:04 when Gustav Nyquist found the net from the right slot after receiving a nice feed from Johnny Gaudreau who was behind the net. 

Thompson scored his fifth goal of the night at 16:07 when he fired a wrist shot from the left circle off the left post and in.

Krebs extended the lead to 8-2 at 17:19 after picking Laine's pocket and beating Merzlikins with the backhand.

Buffalo made it 9-2 when Tuch fired a wrist shot into the top shelf of the net from the left goal line with just 47 seconds left in regulation.

The Sabres took their 9-2 lead into the third period.

Third Period

Laine scored the opening goal for the second-straight period at 4:47 on a one-timer from the left-wing side. 

Nyquist scored his second of the night on a far-side wrist shot from the right circle at 15:49 to cut the lead to 9-4.

That 9-4 score would hold as the Jackets fall to 8-13-2 on the season.


  • Shots on Goal: BUF 30-24 CBJ
  • Faceoff %: BUF 40.4-59.6 CBJ
  • Power play: BUF 3/5-0/2 CBJ
  • Takeaways: BUF 3-7 CBJ
  • Giveaways: BUF 4-5 CBJ
  • Blocked shots: BUF 9-13 CBJ
  • Hits: BUF 8-25 CBJ
  • 5-on-5 stats (via
    • Expected Goals (xG): BUF 1.14-1.94 CBJ
    • Chances (CF): BUF 41-37 CBJ
    • Shots (SF): BUF 23-19 CBJ
    • Scoring Chances (SCF): BUF 16-21 CBJ
    • High-Danger Chances (HDCF): BUF 6-7 CBJ

Injury Update

No players left tonight's game with injuries. 

Next Up

Next up for the Jackets is a meeting with the Calgary Flames on Friday at 7 p.m. ET at Nationwide Arena on Bally Sports Ohio.

Columbus will continue its home stand on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET against the Kings at 6 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.

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