Sabres rally late to beat Canucks 4-3 in shootout

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - By Jonah Bron­stein

BUF­FALO, N.Y. (AP) >> Jeff Skin­ner and Sam Rein­hart ral­lied Buf­falo with goals late in the third pe­riod, Jack Eichel and Casey Mit­tel­stadt scored in the shootout and the Sabres beat the Van­cou­ver Canucks 4-3 on Satur­day.

With goalie Carter Hut­ton pulled for an ex­tra at­tacker, Skin­ner got Buf­falo within 3-2 with 2:27 left in the third, and Rein­hart tied it 40 sec­onds later. Nathan Beaulieu also scored, and Ras­mus Ris­to­lainen and Ras­mus Dahlin each had two as­sists in the Sabres’ sec­ond straight over­time win.

Carter Hut­ton made 36 saves and stopped two shots in the shootout, in­clud­ing a fi­nal de­nial mo­ments af­ter Mit­tel­stadt’s goa­head score.

Loui Eriks­son had a goal and an as­sist for the Canucks, who are

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 week-to-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.

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