BUFFALO, N.Y. — Nick Foligno and Dalton Prout scored 2:09 apart in the second period in the Blue Jackets' 4-1 victory over the Sabres on Friday night.
Brandon Saad, with his 30th of the season, and Matt Calvert also scored for Columbus in a matchup of teams eliminated from playoff contention. The Blue Jackets moved into 27th in the standings, a point ahead of Vancouver, and won two in a row for the first time since Feb. 23-27.
Rookie Sam Reinhart scored for the Sabres. They had a three-game winning streak snapped and lost in their home finale.
The loss means the Sabres, with 79 points, can finish no higher than 22nd. It still marks a significant improvement for a rebuilding team that finished last in the standings in each of the past two seasons.
Around the league: Wild left wing Thomas Vanek will miss the start of the team's first-round playoff series with an upper-body injury he recently aggravated. The Wild has the second wild card spot in the Western Conference and will play either the Stars or Blues. … The Islanders will be without center Anders Lee for the playoffs after his left leg was broken when he was hit by a slap shot from teammate Johnny Boychuk against the Rangers on Thursday. The Islanders will play either the Penguins or Panthers in the first round.
DEMERS STABLE: former Lightning coach Jacques Demers was in stable condition in a Montreal hospital, two days after having a stroke. Demers, 71 and now a Canadian senator, had improved to the point that doctors were planning to move him out of intensive care and into the inpatient stroke unit, said Sandra Sciangula of the McGill University Health Centre.
First Period—1, Columbus, Calvert 10 (Dubinsky, Murray), 18:45 (pp). Penalties—McCabe, Buf (hooking), 7:42; Deslauriers, Buf (boarding), 18:25.
Second Period—2, Buffalo, Reinhart 23 (Eichel, Moulson), 13:37 (pp). 3, Columbus, N.Foligno 12 (Jenner, Anderson), 15:16. 4, Columbus, Prout 3 (Karlsson), 17:25. Penalties—Calvert, Clm (hooking), 1:03; Prout, Clm (hooking), 4:23; Saad, Clm (tripping), 11:36; Campbell, Clm (tripping), 12:45.
Third Period—5, Columbus, Saad 30 (Wennberg, Bjorkstrand), 5:11. Penalties—None. Shots on Goal—Columbus 14-6-10—30. Buffalo 8-18-9—35. Power-play opportunities—Columbus 1 of 2; Buffalo 1 of 4. Goalies—Columbus, Korpisalo 16-11-4 (35 shots-34 saves). Buffalo, Kasdorf 0-1-0 (30-26).