Sabres’ Tage Thompson scores 5 goals in win over Blue Jackets


Buffalo Sabres forward Tage Thompson scored five goals in Wednesday’s 9-4 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Thompson scored four goals in the first period in the span of 11:08, becoming the fourth player in NHL history to record four goals in the first period of a regular-season game.
  • He also became the first player in franchise history with five points in a period, adding an assist on Dylan Cozens’ goal 3:21 into the game.
  • His fifth goal came at the 16:07 mark of the second period to put Buffalo ahead 7-2.
  • Wednesday’s performance marks the first five-goal game in the NHL since San Jose’s Timo Meier completed the feat last season. Meier’s was the first since Mika Zibanejad scored five goals for the Rangers in March 2020.


Thompson, the No. 26 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, is coming off a breakout 2021-22 campaign. The 6-foot-7 center led the Sabres with 68 points in 78 games last season, recording 38 goals and 38 assists.

The 25-year-old now has 21 goals on the young 2022-23 season. Only Dallas’ Jason Robertson (23) and Edmonton’s Connor McDavid (22) entered Wednesday with more.

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(Photo: Russell LaBounty / USA Today)


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