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Sports J.T. Miller stars in overtime as Vancouver Canucks edge Buffalo Sabres 6-5

05:05  08 december  2019
05:05  08 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

Voracek scores in 3rd to lift Flyers over Canucks 2-1

  Voracek scores in 3rd to lift Flyers over Canucks 2-1 PHILADELPHIA — Jakub Voracek scored midway through the third period to lift the Philadelphia Flyers over the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 Monday night. Voracek one-timed Justin Braun’s pass off the right post and behind goalie Thatcher Demko. Voracek’s sixth of the season and second in two games snapped a 1-1 tie. Sean Couturier scored his seventh goal for Philadelphia, and Carter Hart stopped 16 shots. J.T. Miller put Vancouver ahead with his 10th goal midway through the first period, but Demko couldn’t make it stand. He made 32 saves.Miller took advantage of a turnover deep in the Flyers zone by whipping a wrist shot that beat Hart to the stick side.

J . T . Miller scored the overtime winner, Antoine Roussel and Josh Leivo each scored two and the Vancouver Canucks beat the Buffalo Sabres 6 - 5 .

J . T . Miller scored the game-winner in overtime and was one of seven Canucks with a two-point game, leading them past the Sabres at home, 6 - 5 . VAN Recap: Horvat scores only goal in loss to Stars . Vancouver Canucks is a trademark of Vancouver Canucks Limited Partnership.

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VANCOUVER — If the Vancouver Canucks hope to still be playing hockey in the spring, they have to keep winning the close games now.

Vancouver needed a power-play goal from J.T. Miller in overtime to defeat the Buffalo Sabres 6-5 Saturday afternoon. It was a win the Canucks came dangerously close to letting slip through their fingers.

The Canucks held leads of 2-0, 3-2 and 5-3. They were ahead by two goals with less than 10 minutes left, only to have Buffalo tie game with 59 seconds remaining.

“We’ve talked about the same thing the last couple of weeks, staying with it no matter what happens during a game,” said defenceman Tyler Myers, who scored shorthanded for his first goal of the season and added an assist.

Tavares scores OT winner to lift the Maple Leafs past the Sabres 2-1

  Tavares scores OT winner to lift the Maple Leafs past the Sabres 2-1 John Tavares scored his 10th goal of the season at 1:45 of overtime and picked up his 400th NHL assist as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday. William Nylander scored the other goal for the Maple Leafs (13-11-4).

VANCOUVER , British Columbia -- J . T . Miller scored a power-play goal 3:21 into overtime to lift the Vancouver Canucks over the Buffalo Sabres The Sabres thought they had scored in overtime , but the goal was disallowed because of a delayed penalty interference penalty to Henri Jokiharau.

VANCOUVER -- J . T . Miller scored a power-play goal at 3:21 of overtime , and the Vancouver Canucks recovered for a 6 - 5 win against the Buffalo Leivo put the Canucks ahead 1-0 at 12:57 of the first period after receiving a stretch pass from Jordie Benn that hopped over the stick of Sabres

“We would have liked to have finished it off in 60 (minutes) but to do it in overtime was a good way for our group to keep playing the same way.”

Miller scored his 13th of the season 3:21 into the overtime after Buffalo defenceman Henri Jokiharju was called for interference. Miller took a pass from rookie defenceman Quinn Hughes and blasted a shot past Sabre goaltender Carter Hutton that sent the water bottle attached to the net spiraling in the air.

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“I just kind of stopped in that spot,” said Miller. “Sometimes they go in like that. Pretty rarely for me.”

The Canucks are trying to end a four-year playoff drought. The win was important to keep Vancouver in the playoff picture in a tight Western Conference where the teams are separated by a handful of points.

Miller lifts Sabres to 3-2 overtime win in Edmonton; Buffalo snaps two-game skid

  Miller lifts Sabres to 3-2 overtime win in Edmonton; Buffalo snaps two-game skid EDMONTON — It was a win that the Buffalo Sabres really wanted to go out and get for head coach Ralph Kreuger. Colin Miller scored in overtime as the Sabres emerged with a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. The game marked the return of Kreuger to Edmonton after he coached the Oilers for the lockout-shortened 2013 season, before famously being fired over Skype and replaced by Dallas Eakins. "We talked about it in between periods and this morning and we wanted to get a win for him," said Kyle Okposo. "We know how much it meant to him. Things didn't end well for him here and he won't say it, but I know that this game meant a lot to him.

J . T . Miller scored a power-play goal 3:21 into overtime to lift the Vancouver Canucks over the Buffalo Sabres 6 - 5 Saturday. The Winnipeg Jets and Anaheim Ducks will meet for the third and final time this season on Sunday afternoon in Winnipeg.

Miller scores in OT to lift Canucks over Sabres 6 - 5 . J . T . Miller scored a power-play goal 3:21 into overtime to lift the Vancouver Canucks over the Buffalo Sabres 6 - 5 Saturday.

“We have to stay in the present and worry about each game and try not to look too far ahead,” said Miller. “If you worry about the present, take care of all the things you can control, it leads to success at the end of the year.”

Antoine Roussel and Josh Leivo had two goals each for the Canucks (15-11-4) who are 3-1-0 in their last four games.

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

“Even though I scored today I felt like I had some plays I could have done better,” said Roussel. “There are small details in the game I would like to do better.

“We found a way to win so that’s good.”

Rookie Victor Olofsson had a goal and an assist for Buffalo. Marcus Johannsson forced overtime in the final minute with the Sabres' goaltender on the bench for an extra attacker.

Buffalo’s Jack Eichel looked to have scored in overtime, but the goal was disallowed on the delayed penalty to Jokiharju.

Vancouver hosts Toronto after Leivo's 2-goal game

  Vancouver hosts Toronto after Leivo's 2-goal game Toronto Maple Leafs (14-13-4, fifth in the Atlantic Division) vs. Vancouver Canucks (15-11-4, fourth in the Pacific Division) Vancouver, British Columbia; Tuesday, 10 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: The Toronto Maple Leafs visit Vancouver after Josh Leivo scored two goals in the Canucks' 6-5 overtime victory over the Sabres. The Canucks are 7-3-3 on their home ice. Vancouver leads the NHL with 31 power-play goals, led by Elias Pettersson with six. TheVancouver, British Columbia; Tuesday, 10 p.m.

Miller scores in OT to lift Canucks over Sabres 6 - 5 . J . T . Miller scored a power-play goal 3:21 into overtime to lift the Vancouver Canucks over the Buffalo Sabres 6 - 5 Saturday.

Miller scores in OT to lift Canucks over Sabres 6 - 5 . J . T . Miller scored a power-play goal 3:21 into overtime to lift the Vancouver Canucks over the Buffalo Sabres 6 - 5 Saturday.

“I just felt like we shot ourselves in the foot a few times,” said Eichel, who had three assists to extend his point streak to a career-high 12 games (10 goals, 13 assists).

“We kept battling through the adversity.”

Buffalo coach Ralph Krueger said fans were treated to an exciting game.

“The first period we didn’t really like some of our defensive decisions, we weren’t solving the pressure they put on us. In the second period we really found a way past the pressure and dominated.

“It turned into one hell of a hockey game for the people that were here, but we didn’t like the finish.”

Kyle Okposo, Zemgus Girgensons and Rasmus Ristolainen also scored for the Sabres (13-11-6)

Thatcher Demko, making his second consecutive start, stopped 23 shots for the Canucks.

Hutton made 24 saves but is winless in nine starts.

“It’s been a rough go, so I just try to move on and get back to work,” he said. “That’s all I can do. It’s frustrating. It wears on me for sure.”

Miller said the Canucks didn’t panic heading into overtime.

“I don’t think we blew a lead,” he said. “It’s not like they were dominating in the third period. They just got a couple of looks on some breakdowns and scored.

“Sometimes that stuff happens. They had good players on the ice. We’re happy to get two points.”

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's 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.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 7, 2019.

Jim Morris, The Canadian Press

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