Blue Jackets Lose 2-1 To Sabres Despite Daniil Tarasov's 36-Save Performance

By Coby Maeir on February 23, 2024 at 9:39 pm
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Connor Clifton (75) checks Columbus Blue Jackets center Sean Kuraly (7) during the first period at Nationwide Arena.
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Despite a 36-save perofrmance from Daniil Tarasov, the Blue Jackets lost to the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 at Nationwide Arena on Friday. 

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1st Period

Dmitri Voronkov opened the scoring with his 15th goal of the season on the power play at 12:05 from the doorstep thanks to a nice feed from Kirill Marchenko.

Zemgus Girgensens tied the game at 16:16 with a left-circle shot that took a wacky deflection on its way to the net.


The teams were tied at one after 20 minutes while the Sabres had a 16-12 advantage in shots on goal.


2nd Period

Neither team scored in the second period but both teams had several good chances highlighted by Yegor Chinakhov hitting the crossbar on a rush 17:37. If he scored, it would have been one of the goals of the year.

Buffalo led 29-19 in shots on goal after 40 minutes of play with both teams tied at one. 


3rd Period

Connor Clifton gave the Sabres a 2-1 lead at 3:05 with a slapshot from the point that deflected off of Tarasov's shoulder and in. 


The Blue Jackets pulled Tarasov for an extra skater with 3:30 left but couldn't score. 

With the loss, the Blue Jackets fall to 18-28-10. 


  • Shots on Goal: BUF 38-27 CBJ
  • Face-off %: BUF 54.2-45.8 CBJ
  • Power play: BUF 0/4-1/3 CBJ
  • Giveaways: BUF 1-2 CBJ
  • Takeaways: BUF 4-5 CBJ
  • Blocked shots: BUF 14-12 CBJ
  • Hits: BUF 10-9 CBJ
  • 5-on-5 stats (via
    • Expected Goals (xG): BUF 1.76-1.36 CBJ
    • Shot Attempts (CF): BUF 50-36 CBJ
    • Shots on Goal (SF): BUF 30-15 CBJ
    • Scoring Chances (SCF): BUF 20-15 CBJ
    • High-Danger Chances (HDCF): BUF 5-6 CBJ

Injury Update

Next Up

The Jackets are back in action on Sunday when they host the Rangers at 6 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio.

The club will finish off its two-game homestand on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN+ and Hulu. 

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