Vancouver Canucks’ Antoine Roussel, left, of France, watches the puck as it bounces off the post beside Buffalo Sabres goalie Carter Hutton during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday December 7, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Miller nets winner as Canucks edge Sabres 6-5 in OT

Roussel, Leivo tally two apiece for Vancouver

VANCOUVER — J.T. Miller scored on a power play 3:21 into overtime as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Buffalo Sabres 6-5 Saturday afternoon.

Miller scored his 13th of the season off a pass from rookie defenceman Quinn Hughes.

Buffalo’s Marcus Johnansson forced the overtime by scoring with 59 seconds left in the game and the Sabres’ goaltender on the bench for an extra attacker. The Sabres thought they had scored in overtime but the goal was disallowed because of a delayed penalty interference penalty to Henri Jokiharau.

Antoine Roussel and Josh Leivo had two goals each for the Canucks (15-11-4). Defenceman Tyler Myers added a short-handed goal and an assist while Jake Virtanen had two assists.

Roussel has three goals in just two games after missing eight months with knee surgery. Leivo now has four goals in his last four games.

Rookie Victor Olofsson had a goal and an assist for Buffalo, who battled back from deficits of 2-0, 3-2, and 5-3. Kyle Okposo, Zemgus Girgensons and Rasmus Ristolainen also scored for the Sabres (13-11-6). Jack Eichel had three assists giving him a career-high, consecutive-points streak of 12 games (10 goals, 13 assists).

Thatcher Demko, making his second consecutive start, stopped 23 shots for the Canucks. Buffalo goalie Carter Hutton made 24 saves.

Myers, who had gone 15 games without a point, scored his first goal as a Canuck at 4:51 of third period with Vancouver killing a penalty. Defenceman Chris Tanev blocked a shot. Tanner Pearson passed to Miller who rushed into the Buffalo zone, then passed to Myer who had an open net for a 4-3 lead.

Roussel scored his second of the night a few minutes later off the rebound of a Virtanen shot. Girgensons drew the Sabres close again at 12:05.

Buffalo scored three times in the second period, including goals 64 seconds apart, to tie the game 3-3 after 40 minutes.

Roussel gave Vancouver a 2-0 lead with just 3:07 gone. Hutton stopped a Myers shot from the point but Roussel put in the rebound.

Okposo drew Buffalo to within one at 5:24. Johan Larsson sent a pass from behind the net through Tanev’s legs onto Okposo’s stick. He scored in his first game back after missing 10 with a concussion.

Ristolainen made it 2-2 at 6:28, scoring after a drop pass from Olofsson.

READ MORE: Roussel scores in return as Canucks cruise to 5-2 win over Senators

Vancouver went ahead again on Leivo’s second goal of the night at 17:11. The play started with a turnover at centre ice. Leivo made a pretty give-and-go with Elias Pettersson, then beat Hutton. The Sabres tied the game again with Olofsson’s power-play goal with just 44 seconds left in the period. He took a pass from Sam Reinhardt and rifled a shot from the faceoff circle for his 12th of the year.

A long pass from defenceman Jordie Benn set up the only goal of the first period at 12:27. Leivo outbattled Buffalo defenceman Marco Scandella for the puck at the blue line, then skated in on net and beat Hutton with a hard shot to the stick side.

NOTES: The Sabres played 8:24 of the first period before managing a shot on net. … The Canucks sent forward Nikolay Goldobin, who has appeared in one game this season, to the AHL Utica Comets. … The Canucks wore their gold, black and red flying V uniforms in warmups. … Forwards Jay Beagle (lower body) and Micheal Ferland (concussion) returned to the Vancouver lineup. … Forward Brandon Sutter (groin) missed his 11th game. … Hutton’s last win was Oct. 22. … The Sabres play the Oilers in Edmonton Sunday night. … Vancouver goaltender Jacob Markstrom, who missed Tuesday’s game to return to Sweden for his father’s funeral, dressed as the backup.

THE CANADIAN PRESS

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

CanucksNHL

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Maple Ridge 2020 BC Summer Games organizers disappointed but proud

Should be extra-prepared for the 2024 Summer Games once it comes

About 1,300 BC Hydro customers without power in Maple Ridge

A tree has fallen across electrical wires

WEATHER: Environment Canada forecasts snow for Ridge Meadows

Wednesday will see mostly sun and cloud

Maple Ridge HandyDART driver worried about safety with COVID-19

Union says operators need more personal protective equipment

Ridge Meadows RCMP release year end review video

List detachment’s successes throughout 2019

‘We will get through this’: B.C. sees new COVID-19 death, but 57% have recovered

A total of 1,066 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus

Association launches French-language games, online tools for families learning at home

Games, culture and vocabulary included in new virtual resources

‘There can be no ambiguity’: Travellers brought home to B.C. must self-isolate

Health Minister Adrian Dix said the mandatory isolation must be abided by

55+ BC Games cancelled amid COVID-19 concerns

Greater Victoria set to host 2021 event

BC Hydro offers three-month bill ‘holiday’ for those affected by COVID-19

Industrial customers can defer half of their power bills

VIDEO: Dog missing in Lower Mainland since winter sees his family again for the first time

Aldergrove helped find Buster, says dad, who has now witnessed ‘the power of social media’

Some April Fool’s Day jokes bring much-needed laughter; others tone deaf to COVID-19

Police are warning the public not to use the ongoing pandemic as a punchline

Canada’s 75% wage subsidy is coming, but not for several weeks: finance minister

Subsidy will cost Canada $71 billion, but push down cost of emergency benefit, Morneau said

Call before you dig into spring projects during isolation: BC 1 Call

BC 1 Call gives free checks for utilities in the area of a desired outdoor project

Most Read