COLUMBUS, OHIO - (WKBW) The Buffalo Sabres beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4 in their regular season finale.
Buffalo clinches the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference and will face second-seeded Philadelphia in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The turning point in the contest came in the third period when the game was tied at three. Columbus defenseman, and former Sabre captain, Craig Rivet was given a five-minute major penalty for cross-checking Sabres forward Tyler Ennis around the head/neck area. Rivet was also given a game-misconduct for his actions.
On the ensuing power play Drew Stafford and Paul Gaustad scored to give Buffalo a 5-3 lead.
Columbus opened the scoring in the second period as Derek Dorsett beat Ryan Miller. Jason Pominville, Chris Butler and Ennis followed with goals to give the Sabres a 3-1 lead. Jared Boll tallied for the Jackets to draw the home team within one goal through forty minutes.
Kristian Huselius provided the game-tying goal before Rivet provided the stick work on Ennis. Huselius also added the final goal of the night.
Buffalo's Brad Boyes had three assists.
Goaltenders Miller and Jhonas Enroth split time between the pipes for the Sabres. Miller stopped 20 shots. Enroth made 12 saves in the game.
The Sabres finish the regular season with a record of 43-29-10. The NHL will release the official playoff schedule on Sunday night.