Buffalo at Columbus

    Improved Blue Jackets show preseason spark

    CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- 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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    Scoring Summary
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    :47Jochen Hecht - Assists: Nathan Paetsch and Chris Thorburn
    9:49Power Play - Rick Nash - Assists: Anders Eriksson and Anson Carter
    10:26Power Play - Jaroslav Balastik - Assist: Geoff Platt
    5:39Power Play - Anson Carter - Assists: Rick Nash and David Vyborny
    6:46Geoff Platt - Assists: Mark Hartigan and Jaroslav Balastik
    Penalty Summary
    1:31Janne Hauhtonen: hooking - minor
    8:48Dmitri Kalinin: hooking - minor
    10:53Anders Eriksson: high-sticking - double-minor
    11:37Marc Methot: interference - minor
    6:34Ty Conklin: tripping - minor
    8:36Dmitri Kalinin: tripping - minor
    8:56Jeff Jillson: hooking - minor
    10:58Chris Thorburn: hooking - minor
    13:03Marc Methot: holding - minor
    15:46Marc Methot: slashing - minor
    1:09Thomas Vanek: hooking - minor
    3:57Michael Strazzabosco: hooking - minor
    7:54Filip Novak: holding - minor
    13:00Mark Hartigan: tripping - minor
    Buffalo121811 41
    Columbus8810 26
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