It might have been just another preseason game on the schedule before a long, grueling season of hockey, but for the fans of the small town of Clinton, NY it provided memories for a lifetime.  The Buffalo Sabres and Columbus Blue Jackets met on Tuesday night in what has become an annual event called the Kraft Hockeyville USA national promotion.  Clinton won it this year including the game in the town’s small arena, but they also got to meet the players, got to see the Stanley Cup and the arena got $150,000 in upgrades. 

It was a great weekend for hockey fans and the game was pretty entertaining for a preseason game.  The Blue Jackets beat the Sabres 4 to 2 on the strength of three power play goals.

The Sabres took three penalties in the game and the Blue Jackets made them pay each time.  Casey Nelson and Sam Reinhart had the Buffalo goals.  Reinhart’s goal came with the man advantage as the Sabres converted the only power play opportunity they had on the night.  Rasmus Dahlin drew an assist on the play – his first in the preseason with a heads up pass to Jack Eichel who set up Reinhart for the goal.

Two more preseason games left on the schedule.  The Sabres are in Pittsburgh Wednesday night to take on the Penguins.