Captain Horvat has 3 points, leading Canucks to 5-4 triumph over Sabres

Bohovat scored a goal and provided two assists in the Vancouver Canucks’ 5-4 win over the Buffalo Sabers on Tuesday night, ending a three-game losing streak.

The Canucks also picked up goals from Dakota Joshua, Isabel, Elias Paterson and JT Miller to wrap up a five-game road trip. Paterson added an assist and backup goalie Spencer Martin made 28 saves.

Jeff Skinner scored twice for the struggling Sabers. Alex Tuch had a goal and two assists, Casey Mittelstadt also had a goal and Tage Thompson had two assists. Craig Anderson stopped 27 shots. After four winless games at home, Buffalo has lost six in a row.

The Canucks scored with 1:12 to go in the middle of the second quarter to take a 5-2 lead. Horvat finished 14th on a breakout, then won the faceoff to set up Miller.

Bell scored his first goal in eight games since Vancouver acquired him in a trade with Carolina on Oct. 28. Horvath’s backhand pass to Bale high up.

Skinner ended a seven-game scoring drought in Buffalo’s first multi-ball game of the season.

Rasmus Dahlin threw the ball to two defenders in the first quarter, putting Skinner in front of the goal. Thompson made a fine play and found Skinner open on the left circle in the second.

Tuch retuned an Owen Power field goal and bounced the puck past Martin for his eighth in the second quarter.

Mittelstadt scored with 7:58 left to bring the Sabers back. It was Mittelstadt’s third goal in five games.

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Buffalo scratched forwards Kyle Okposo (lower body injury) and Jake Quinn (undisclosed) and called up Riley Sheehan and Anders Bjork from the minors.

Vancouver added Jake Stadnica (lower body) to the injured bench and called up Lockwood, who scored his first NHL point after setting up Joshua’s goal.


Sabers defenseman Henri Jokiharju returned to the lineup after missing 11 games with a fractured face.


Canucks: Host the Kings on Friday night.

Sabers: Open a three-game road trip in Ottawa on Wednesday night.

Associated Press

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