BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Sergei Bobrovsky and the Columbus Blue Jackets keep finding ways to win.
The Blue Jackets gave up a game-tying goal with 24.9 seconds to play, but used Ryan Johansen’s shootout goal to extend their winning streak to six games in a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night.
“Every night we have to find a way to get points,” said Bobrovsky, who made 26 saves and didn’t allow a goal in the shootout.
“That’s why we play. It’s our goal to be in the playoffs and we have to take points to be there. It doesn’t matter how and who we play.”
Columbus rallied from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to take the lead on a Brandon Dubinsky goal in the third period, but had to regroup again after Myers’ goal sent the game to overtime.
“It’s a tough thing to give up a goal in the last minute of the game but this is a group that’s faced adversity all season long,” Dubinsky said. “And instead of cowering to it and conceding to just one point, we stuck our heads down and went after them.
“I’m really proud of this bunch and the way we stuck together through some adversity.”
David Savard and Matt Calvert also scored in regulation for Columbus.
Tyler Myers had two goals for Buffalo, and Drew Stafford also scored.
The Sabres have lost three straight. The Blue Jackets’ winning streak matches the longest in franchise history set on April 3, 2006.
“Right now for me it’s just a stat,” Columbus coach Todd Richards said. “We’ve done a good job putting ourselves back in the fight and right in the middle of it.”
Columbus improved to 24-20-4 after winning just 14 of its first 35 games. Dubinsky said the win streak speaks volumes of his team’s improvement.
“It says we’re finding ways to win games and we’re getting points,” Dubinsky said. “We’re getting some swagger here and some confidence.
The Blue Jackets played Friday night at home against Washington as Buffalo looked to capitalize on a hot start from the line of Tyler Ennis, Matt Moulson and Drew Stafford.
The Sabres struck just 59 seconds into the game when Moulson sent a soft pass across the ice to Myers, who had crept in from the right point and lifted a shot over Bobrovsky to put Buffalo up 1-0.