Saad strikes again in Blue Jackets win

Brandon Saad scored his 30th goal of the season as the Columbus Blue Jackets recorded a 4-1 victory over a the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center in the only NHL game on on Friday night.

Matt Calvert put the Blue Jackets ahead late in the opening period but Sam Reinhart’s 23rd goal of the season tied it up on the powerplay 13:37 into the second.

However, goals from Nick Foligno and Dalton Prout just 2:09 apart restored Columbus’ advantage before Saad’s third-period marker extended their lead.

There are 15 games on Saturday in what will be a weekend full of teams scrambling for a place in the play-offs.