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Darling scores in five straight games, Sabers ruin Canucks home opener

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Vancouver — Rasmus Darling He scored in five straight games and provided an assist for the Buffalo Sabers in a 5-1 win at Rogers Arena on Saturday to ruin the Vancouver Canucks’ home opener.

Victor Olofsson 2 goals and 1 assist alex touch When Zemgath Gilgensons score and Craig Anderson He made 29 saves for the Sabers (4-1-0), who won the first three games of a four-game trip that ended Tuesday at the Seattle Kraken.

“I think it starts with hard work. We deserve this confidence now,” said Darling. “We’re playing away games, but we’re playing really well and we’re starting to find our game. Yes, our confidence level is high right now.”

VIDEO: BUF@VAN: Darling scores fifth goal in five games

connor garland score and Thatcher Demko Made 22 saves for the Canucks (0-4-2). The Canucks are the only team in the NHL without a win, failing six straight times, giving coach Bruce Boudreau his 600th NHL victory.

“My job is to help find a way out of this situation,” Boudreau said. “So I will do everything I can to see what I can do to turn this around. ?’” That’s how I feel when I get booed on the ice like this. We hope that our pride will be shown. ”

Darling put Buffalo ahead 1–0 with a deflected point shot past Demko, who was screened on a power play, at 5:35 of the first period. Darling is the first defenseman in NHL history to score in the first four games of a season and the first defenseman in Sabers history to score in five consecutive games.

“I’m not trying to think about it,” Darling said. “I was crazy [the defensive] 80% of this game is zone, but it feels good when the puck comes in because you try to score when the situation arises. ”

Darling may downplay his scoring streak, but he left a lasting impression on the rest of the Sabers.

“He’s playing in a way that reminds me of those days. Eric Carlson Anderson said. “He was so confident that he was doing something with the pack that you didn’t expect from him. [Dahlin] in his own game. I’m not comparing him to Eric, but I’m comparing him to that confidence in him, he’s just playing freely and now just passing on his skills and abilities is. ”

Darling’s goal screened Demko for Tuff to make it 2-0 at 15:18. Jeff Skinner Forcing a turnover in the slot, Touch remained behind the Vancouver defense and fired a spinning shot under Demko’s blocker.

VIDEO: BUF@VAN: Tough doubles lead with 6 goals

Touch scored in four straight games, including a hat-trick in Thursday’s 6-3 victory over the Calgary Flames, tying the longest streak of his NHL career.

Garland cut to 2-1 on a one-timer off the left hash mark on a power play at 13:27 of the second period, but the Sabers extended their lead early in the third period.

Olofsson finished 2-1 with a one-time cross-ice pass. Casey Mittelstadt Make it 3-1 at 1:54.Goal scored 26 seconds after Sabers forward Vinny Hinostroza He hit both posts with wrist shots from the slot before video reviews showed the puck was not over the goal line.

Olofsson said: “It was good that we scored right away and stopped the momentum. “Then we took over.”

VIDEO: BUF@VAN: Olofsson scores in third period

Gurgensons shot into an empty net at 16:31 to make it 4-1, and Olofsson beat the disorderly Demko from a cross-krease pass from Darling at 17:21 for a 5-1 final.

“His skills carry over,” Olofsson said of Darling. “The last goal was his disgusting play and he’s taking it to another level this year.

After surrendering the lead in the first five games, Vancouver are going 13-1 in the third period of the season.

“I’m pretty frustrated,” positively JT mirror Said. “we went out [Demko] Allow the final 10 minutes to dry. We had a chance to win by finishing third. Up until the third period, I thought we were playing a pretty good game. Given our circumstances, playing a third like that was unacceptable. ”

Note: buffalo defense man Matthias SamuelsonPlaying at the top, paired with Darling, tumbled awkwardly in the corner and ended with 2:57 remaining after checking the Canucks forward. Curtis LazarSamuelson lay on the ice with his right knee in his arms before being rescued and limping to the locker room, but Buffalo manager Don Granato said the first words were positive. “I won’t know for sure until tomorrow, but I was holding my breath like everyone else, wondering what news you’d get after hearing where he was. … of Vancouver. top defense, Quinn Hughes, a late-stage scratch and spends his days with a lower body injury. … the Canucks defense Jack Rathbone It was minus 3 at 17:55 on the season debut. …Mittelstadt in his 200th NHL game he recorded 2 assists. … Sabers Defense Ilya Lyubushkin After missing one game with an undisclosed injury, he had three hits and blocked three shots at 20:37. … the Vancouver defense Noah Julsen Played at 11:18 after being called up by Abbotsford of the American Hockey League on Saturday.