Blue Jackets, Buffalo Sabres and San Jose Sharks win in Saturday’s NHL Game Night

San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson. Photo by Chris Brown/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9981199ao)

The Columbus Blue Jackets put 4 past the Carolina Hurricanes to win the game 4-1 and make it five wins in six games on Saturday. The Buffalo Sabres won it late against the Minnesota Wild while San Jose beat St. Louis Blues 4-0.

Sharks’ Erik Karlsson got his first goal with the new team five minutes before the end of the first period thanks to a rebound from goalie Chad Johnson.

“It’s nice to finally get one in the back of the net,” Karlsson said. “But at the end of the day, this is a great win. We played well for 60 minutes. That’s something we haven’t done well over the course of this year so far, so it’s nice to get that.”

The 32-year-old was acquired from Ottawa this past season. He came in with a -9 rating but was the difference in Saturday’s win as his goal and assist helped San Jose win.

In Minnesota, the Wild were stunned after blowing a 2-0 goal lead to lose 3-2 to the Buffalo Sabres at home. Jason Pominville’s last-minute goal broke the tie with one minute and 30 seconds remaining to lead the Sabres to their fifth straight win.

Elsewhere, Cam Atkinson inspired the Hurricanes to their fifth win this season with a hat-trick and an assist on Saturday night. Center Pierre-Luc Dubois contributed two assists as well to defeat the Blue Jackets 4-1. Sebastian Aho scored Columbus’ only goal of the night but his sixth this season.