Mar 10, 2012; Ottawa, ON, CAN; Buffalo Sabres left wing Marcus Foligno (82) during warmup prior to game against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Brothers Square Off: Nick Foligno VS Marcus Foligno [Round Three]

Marcus Foligno (82)
Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Last night was the third round of the Battle Of The Brothers – the Buffalo Sabres visited Columbus for the first and last time this season. Unfortunately for Nick and the Blue Jackets, the Sabres and younger brother Marcus skated away with a win. Marcus Foligno put the dagger in Columbus last night, as he scored the game winning goal for Buffalo. It was also the last shot that Sergei Bobrovsky would face in the game – it was the second short-handed goal of the night.

Marcus was relatively quiet in the first two rounds of the battle of the brothers, not last night though, he finally got on the scoreboard with a goal and became even with Nick Foligno for goals in the series between their two respected teams. Here is a comparison of stats for all three games played…

Goals Assists +/- PIM TOI GWG
Nick 1 0 -1 5 16:53 1
Marcus 1 0 -1 4 15:14 1


Nick Foligno (71) – Zemgus Girensons (28)
Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

The stats turned out fairly even, but Nick has the leg up because the Blue Jackets beat the Sabres in 2 out of 3 meetings this season. One could make the argument that the goal Marcus scored was twofold, not only was it the game-winning goal, but it was also a short-handed goal. In the end it is all in good fun between the two brothers, but Nick could get the last laugh as he could be joining the Blue Jackets in the playoffs while Marcus and the Sabres could end the season with the worst record in the league.

In my own good fun, I posted a poll yesterday which asked if the Blue Jackets should look into acquiring Marcus Foligno to create a CBJ brother tandem. So far the poll is showing that it may be a good idea for Jarmo Kekalainen to give Tim Murray a call and see if the younger, bigger Foligno brother is on the trading block. Haven’t had a chance to vote yet? Go Here!

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