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Sabres rally to beat Canucks, improve to 3-0

Skinner scored on a rebound into the third, lifting a backhand shot from his knees over his shoulder and Demko’s glove to give Buffalo its first lead of the game.
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Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo (21) celebrates his goal during the first period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

BUFFALO, N.Y. — BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Jeff Skinner and Tage Thompson scored 23 seconds apart in the third period and the Buffalo Sabres rallied to beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 on Tuesday night.

Kyle Okposo and Zemgus Girgensons each added a goal and an assist, and Craig Anderson made 32 saves. After finishing in last place for the fourth time in eight seasons, the Sabres are 3-0 for the first time since 2008 and the fifth time in franchise history.

Bo Horvat and Justin Dowling scored for the Canucks in their second straight loss. Thatcher Demko stopped 38 shots in the fourth of a six-game trip, the longest to start a season in team history.

The Canucks played without defensemen, Kyle Burroughs and Quinn Hughes. Hughes, the seventh overall pick in the 2018 draft, was scratched with an undisclosed injury after participating in an optional morning skate.

Skinner scored on a rebound 3:33 into the third, lifting a backhand shot from his knees over his shoulder — and Demko’s glove — to give Buffalo its first lead of the game.

While Skinner’s goal was being announced during the next shift, Thompson knocked in a rebound from the left side of the crease to make it 4-2. Rasmus Asplund added a goal into the empty net with 2:55 remaining.