10/20 22:08 CDT Dorsett has 2 goals, assist in Canucks' 4-2 win over Sabres
Dorsett has 2 goals, assist in Canucks' 4-2 win over Sabres
By JONAH BRONSTEIN
The Associated Press
Derek Dorsett had two goals and an assist in the Vancouver Canucks' 4-2 victory
over the Buffalo Sabres. Daniel Sedin, Markus Granlund also scored to help the
Canucks improve to 2-1-0 on a five-game trip.BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) --- The
Vancouver Canucks bounced back on the second night of a back-to-back.
Derek Dorsett had two goals and an assist in the Canucks' 4-2 comeback victory
over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night.
Daniel Sedin and Markus Granlund also scored to help the Canucks improve to
2-1-0 on a five-game trip. Brandon Sutter had two assists, and Jacob Markstrom
made 15 saves.
Vancouver gave up four power-play goals Thursday night in a 6-3 loss in Boston,
but didn't allow any to Buffalo in three chances.
"Our penalty kill let us down last night and today our penalty kill bounced
back and did a pretty good job," Dorsett said. "We'll take points as we can get
The Canucks came back from one-goal deficits twice in the first two periods.
"It was a real good hockey game by our group," Canucks coach Travis Green said.
"After playing a tough game last night, the way we responded tonight, I was
real happy for our team."
Jack Eichel and Justin Bailey scored for Buffalo, and Chad Johnson stopped 37
shots. At 1-5-2, the Sabres are off to their worst start since going 1-7-0 in
"We got to look at ourselves and really dig down," Sabres forward Kyle Okposo
said. "We got to come out and play with some fire."
Sedin gave the Canucks their first lead of the game 8:10 into the second
period. Johnson saved Sedin's wrist shot from the left circle, but Sedin poked
the rebound between the goaltender's pads.
Buffalo challenged that Jake Virtanen was offside on the goal. After reviewing
replays, officials determined that Virtanen had possession and control of the
puck as he entered the attacking zone ahead of the puck.
"I disagree with the call, totally," Sabres coach Phil Housley said. "In my
opinion, he knocks the puck out of the air. He never had possession. If you
call that possession, then as I've been in the league, it's a different answer
or explanation that they give me. I call it 10 out of 10 times offside."
Virtanen said he thought he had control of the puck but didn't know if the
officials would make the same determination.
"Those are ones you're not really sure about," he said. "But it definitely felt
good to get that one."
Dorsett's short-handed goal tied it 5:52 into the second period. Sutter's shot
from the right circle bounced off Johnson's pad to the left slot where Dorsett
one-timed it in. Dorsett scored his fourth of the season into an empty net with
21.7 seconds remaining.
The Sabres opened the scoring in the opening minute when Ryan O'Reilly sent a
backhand pass from the corner to Bailey in the slot. Bailey moved from right to
left and slipped a backhander past Markstrom.
Granlund knocked in the rebound from Sutter's shot to tie it for Vancouver
midway through the first period.
Eichel scored his third of the season to make it 2-1 with 2:40 left in the
first. The star center flipped the puck between the skates of Canucks
defenseman Ben Hutton and sent a wrist shot from the right circle between
NOTES: Canucks D Erik Gudbranson served a one-game suspension for hitting
Boston's Frank Vatrano from behind Thursday night. ... The Sabres scratched F
Zemgus Girgensons (lower-body) and D Josh Gorges (lower-body). Johnson made his
third consecutive start in place of G Robin Lehner (illness). . Okposo played
in his 600th NHL game. He assisted on Bailey's goal for his first point of the
season. . The Sabres have allowed six shorthanded goals through the first eight
Canucks: At Detroit on Sunday night.
Sabres: At Boston on Saturday night.
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