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game recap

Columbus Blue Jackets 0, Buffalo Sabres 6 FINAL

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:27 AM

Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ The New York Islanders had better look out: Here come the Buffalo Sabres.

Dmitri Kalinin scored twice and added an assist, and Martin Biron stopped 23 shots to earn his 100th career victory in Buffalo's 6-0 win over Columbus on Monday night.

Buffalo moved within three points of the Islanders in the race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Both teams have three games remaining, and the Islanders' magic number is four points.

``They've got to be feeling a little heat now,'' Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. ``We want to put a lot of pressure on them.''

Derek Roy had a goal and assist, and Maxim Afinogenov, James Patrick and Chris Taylor also scored in helping the Sabres extend their unbeaten streak to five games (4-0-1).

``It's as tight as it's ever been,'' Biron said. ``We've clawed ourselves back there. And we've got to look at it as a little step. But you haven't done anything until you close the deal.''

The Sabres, who next play at the New York Rangers on Wednesday, are also feeling anxious, hoping their run isn't coming too late.

``There's a lot of stress and anxiety involved,'' Sabres defenseman Jay McKee said. ``We've just got to keep this thing going, our goal is to win out.''

The Blue Jackets, shut out for the 11th time this season, had a four-game winning streak snapped. The 4-year-old franchise has never won five straight.

The Sabres took control early and kept pressing, making up for their last game _ Saturday's 2-2 tie at Pittsburgh in which Buffalo blew a 2-0 lead.

Kalinin and Roy scored 2:09 apart, putting the Sabres ahead 2-0 by the 8:16 mark of the first period, and before Columbus registered its second shot on net.

Kalinin's first goal was an opportunistic one when his centering pass, intended for Mike Grier, bounced in off Columbus defenseman Scott Lachance's skate. Roy made good on Afinogenov's pass into the high slot, one-timing it in from 30 feet to beat Fred Brathwaite on the glove side.

The Blue Jackets were outshot 7-0 when Kalinin scored and 9-1 on Roy's goal. Columbus was outshot 15-6 in the first period and 39-23 overall.

The Sabres didn't stop there in matching a season high by earning their third six-goal victory of the season.

Kalinin made it 3-0, scoring a short-handed goal to cap a three-on-one break seven minutes into the second period. The Sabres then took advantage of a demoralized Blue Jackets' opponent, scoring three times on 16 shots in the third.

``I think we knew they would come out hard. They're fighting for their lives,'' Columbus defenseman Luke Richardson said. ``They kept it up and we didn't recover. There's no excuse.''

Biron had a relative easy time in earning his milestone victory. His best stop came when he stopped Rick Nash's hard slapper from the right circle during a Blue Jackets' two-man advantage in the second period.

``It's another step forward,'' said Biron, 5-0-1 in his last six outings. ``It's a step forward personally and a step forward collectively with the way we've handled things right now.''

scoring summary
1st Period
06:07
BUF
Dmitri Kalinin (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Jochen Hecht (34), Chris Drury (32)
1 - 0 BUF
08:16
BUF
Derek Roy (9) Slapshot - ASST: Maxim Afinogenov (14), Milan Bartovic (7)
2 - 0 BUF
2nd Period
07:03
BUF
SHG - Dmitri Kalinin (9) Snap shot - ASST: Chris Drury (33), Michael Grier (17)
3 - 0 BUF
3rd Period
02:54
BUF
Maxim Afinogenov (17) Slapshot - ASST: Derek Roy (10), Milan Bartovic (8)
4 - 0 BUF
14:00
BUF
James Patrick (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Daniel Brière (36), Dmitri Kalinin (24)
5 - 0 BUF
15:02
BUF
Chris Taylor (6) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
6 - 0 BUF
penalty summary
1st Period
02:33
CBJ
Greg Mauldin  Tripping against  Milan Bartovic
17:32
BUF
Henrik Tallinder  Holding against  Nikolay Zherdev
17:47
CBJ
Andrew Cassels  Hi-sticking against  Dmitri Kalinin
2nd Period
06:40
BUF
Milan Bartovic  Interference
10:49
BUF
Dmitri Kalinin  Tripping against  Trevor Letowski
11:10
BUF
Jay McKee  Cross checking against  Rick Nash
18:51
CBJ
Nikolay Zherdev  Elbowing
3rd Period
12:29
BUF
Jochen Hecht  Roughing against  Scott Lachance
12:29
CBJ
Scott Lachance  Roughing against  Jochen Hecht
17:42
BUF
Chris Taylor  Interference
goalie stats
Fred Brathwaite
Fred Brathwaite
SA: 39TOI: 59:52
Saves: 33EV: 30 - 35
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .846SH: 0 - 1
Martin Biron
SA: 23TOI: 60:00
Saves: 23EV: 19 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0