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4-0-2 in their last six games. Jake Vir­ta­nen and Erik Gud­bran­son also scored, An­toine Rous­sel had two as­sists and Ja­cob Mark­strom stopped 34 shots in the third leg of a six-game trip.

As the clock ticked down in the third, Rein­hart set up Skin­ner for his team­lead­ing 12th goal, then tied it when he put back a re­bound from Ris­to­lainen’s slap shot at the left edge of the crease.

Gud­bran­son gave the Canucks a 3-1 lead on a long shot from the point 3:41 into the third.

The Canucks scored twice in a span of 1:10 late in the sec­ond pe­riod to take a 2-1 ad­van­tage. Markus Gran­lund sent a back­hand pass from the end board to Eriks­son in front for a ty­ing goal with 1:44 re­main­ing in the pe­riod. Vir­ta­nen skated around de­fense­man Zach Bo­gosian and slid a back­hand from the right cir­cle into the far cor­ner for his sev­enth goal of the sea­son to put Van­cou­ver ahead.

Buf­falo gained an early lead when Kyle Ok­poso threaded a long pass from the point to Beaulieu for a tap-in 4:43 into the first.

The Canucks were with­out Brock Boeser for a third straight game. Coach Travis Green said Boeser will miss the re­main­ing three games of the team’s trip while he re­cov­ers from a groin in­jury. A Calder Tro­phy fi­nal­ist last sea­son, Boeser is listed as weekto-week but “will be fine,” Green said prior to Satur­day’s game.

NOTES: Eichel went to the dress­ing room mid­way through the first pe­riod with an undis­closed in­jury but re­turned eight min­utes into the sec­ond. ... This was the first meet­ing be­tween Swedish rookie de­fense­men Ras­mus Dahlin and Elias Pet­ters­son. The Sabres drafted Dahlin with the No. 1 over­all pick this year, and Pet­ters­son was drafted fifth over­all in 2017 by the Canucks. Pet­ters­son en­tered Satur­day lead­ing all rook­ies with 10 goals and 17 points. ... Buf­falo traded D Taylor Fe­dun to Dal­las for a con­di­tional sev­enth-round pick in the 2020 draft. The pick is con­di­tional on Fe­dun play­ing at least 25 reg­u­lar sea­son and play­off games for the Stars. Fe­dun has played with the Sabres’ mi­nor league club this sea­son. ami last Sun­day.

McCown was the Jets’ starter last sea­son and had a ca­reer year be­fore be­ing side­lined the last three games with a bro­ken left hand. Since the sum­mer, McCown has spo­ken highly of Darnold and ex­pressed ex­cite­ment about be­ing able to have a hand in the young­ster’s de­vel­op­ment.

Darnold has re­ceived lots of ad­vice and tips from prac­ticed on a lim­ited ba­sis this week and will get ad­di­tional time to re­cu­per­ate with Buf­falo en­ter­ing its bye week af­ter play­ing the Jets.

Vet­eran backup Derek An­der­son had al­ready been ruled out with a con­cus­sion.

The Bills also an­nounced McCown on the side­line and prac­tice field. Now, he’ll have no choice but to watch.

“I say it all the time: That’s why we do this, to play,” McCown said Wed­nes­day when Darnold’s in­jury was an­nounced. “If that’s the case, you’re torn be­cause your friend and a team­mate, it means he can’t go. In that re­gard, I don’t wish that on any­body, but at the same time as a pro­fes­sional, as a backup quar­ter­back you have to serve your team in that role and go in and play win­ning

start­ing rookie mid­dle line­backer Tre­maine Ed­munds has been cleared to play af­ter miss­ing one game with a con­cus­sion. They also pro­moted re­ceiver Robert Foster from the prac­tice squad and re­leased line­backer Ramon Hum­ber.

Buf­falo (2-7) has lost four straight and is off to its worst start since los­ing eight of its first nine games in 2010.

The game be­tween the two AFC East teams will foot­ball.

“That’s what’s fun, that’s what you look for­ward to and that’s why you play this game. And, we’ll go out and com­pete.”

The Jets are ranked 29th in over­all of­fense, in­clud­ing 28th in the pass­ing game. Some of the strug­gles can be at­trib­uted to the in­ex­pe­ri­ence of Darnold, who has an NFLlead­ing 14 in­ter­cep­tions. Dur­ing New York’s cur­rent three-game los­ing streak, the rookie has thrown two touch­down passes and seven INTs.

So, some might con­sider

fea­ture a matchup of back­ups rather than first-round picks.

The Jets (3- 6) are start­ing 39-year- old Josh McCown­with rookie SamDarnold side­lined by a strained right foot. Darnold was drafted third over­all, four spots ahead of Allen.

Barkley is on his sixth team in six sea­sons since be­ing se­lected by Philadel­phia in the fourth round of the 2013 draft. He was most re­cently in Cincin- the in­jury a bless­ing in dis­guise. It al­lows Darnold to take a breather and give McCown a chance to per­haps get the of­fense back on track.

“Ob­vi­ously, Josh has played a long time in this league,” wide re­ceiver Jer­maine Kearse said. “So through­out the weeks, he sees things a lot quicker. Just the men­tal as­pects, he’s a lot fur­ther, just with his ex­pe­ri­ence and be­ing in the league. So, him just be­ing able to see things a lot quicker, you know, the tempo kind of picked up a lit­tle bit.”

nati be­fore be­ing cut by the Ben­gals in Septem­ber af­ter hurt­ing his knee in a pre­sea­son game.

“It hasn’t maybe been the plan I signed up for when I thought of go­ing to the NFL,” Barkley said of his pro ca­reer, which came af­ter he set nu­mer­ous school records as a four-year starter at South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. “But from what I’ve been able to learn along the way, I think I’m in a great spot right now.”

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