Series (Game 1 of 1)

Columbus leads 1-0

Game 1: Tuesday, September 19th
Blue Jackets4

Sabres 1

(1-1-0, 2 pts)

Blue Jackets 4

(2-0-0, 4 pts)

7:00 PM ET, September 19, 2006

Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

1 2 3 T
BUF 0 1 01
CBJ 0 2 24

R. Nash (LW):

A. Carter (RW):

J. Balastik (LW):

Fedorov injured as Blue Jackets beat Sabres

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Rick Nash, Jaroslav Balastik, Anson Carter and Geoff Platt scored as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1 in a preseason game Tuesday night.

Blue Jackets forward Sergei Fedorov fell and slammed into the end boards 30 seconds into the second period, injuring his shoulder. The 36-year-old center didn't return and was to be evaluated Wednesday.

Jochen Hecht beat Blue Jackets goaltender Ty Conklin with a long shot 17 seconds after Fedorov left to give Buffalo a 1-0 lead.

Columbus responded with two power-play goals in a 37-second span midway through the period.

Nash fired a one-timed shot from the right circle past Ryan Miller at 9:49. Balastik then steered the puck into an open net before Miller could recover to make it 2-1.

Carter made a nifty move to score on a backhand shot -- another Columbus power-play tally -- at 5:35 of the third period.

Platt beat Miller with a shot from the right circle.

Buffalo outshot Columbus 41-26.

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