The Vancouver Canucks showed off their maturity and resilience on Friday night as they overcame yet another deficit to carve out a victory against Jack Eichel and the Sabres by a final score of 4-2.
The Canucks stumbled out of the gate and ate an early Gino against just a minute after puck-drop as Justin Bailey found himself all alone in front of Jacob Markstrom with enough time to make a slick move and finish. The goal against seemed to light a fire in the Vancouver side as they bounced back with vigor.
10 minutes after conceding, a scrappy play in front of Buffalo netminder Chad Johnson eventually found its way onto the stick of Markus Granlund who made no mistake in tying up the game. The pressure continued, up until Jack Eichel made a little fancy pants dipsy-doo around Ben Hutton and slid the puck under an awkward looking Markstrom. Despite the ice tilting heavily in Vancouver’s favour in the first frame, Buffalo escaped with a 2-1 lead.
The lead was short lived. With Brock Boeser sitting in the box, Brandon Sutter won a loose puck and went streaking down the left side. Shot, rebound, DEREK DORSETT! The toughest pound-for-pound son-of-a-gun in the league makes no mistake as the Canucks draw even.
Moments later, a controversial non-call on a possibly off-side play saw Jake Virtanen (playing a rare shift with the twins) corral the puck over the offensive blue line while skating backwards – Jake holds up – dishes off to Henrik – Hank to Dank… shot, rebound, and Daniel finishes his own play to take the lead half-way through the second period. Took a while to confirm that this was good, but in the end Daniel’s first of the year would count.
The rest is history as the score would remain 3-2 until who other than Derek Dorsett would add an insurance marker on a vacated Buffalo net. 2 goals and an assist for the Canucks role-player who now leads the Canucks in scoring with four goals in seven games. Could Dorsett net 30 this year?… Very probably not… but he’s still a stud and his hard work is paying off.