Sabres 6, Canucks 3
Oct. 31, 1993
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) _ Alexander Mogilny, who has turned Buffalo's offense around since returning from a serious leg injury, scored two goals as the Sabres beat the Vancouver Canucks 6-3 Saturday night.
Mogilny, who had goals in wins over Calgary and Edmonton earlier in the week, has four in the three games he's played since recovering from a broken leg suffered last spring in the playoffs.
Brad May, Pat LaFontaine, Randy Wood and rookie Derek Plante also scored for the Sabres, 4-3-1 on the road, but 0-4 at home.
The Canucks had their home record drop to 3-3 despite goals by Geoff Courtnall, Greg Adams and Trevor Linden.
The difference was the acrobatic goaltending of Buffalo's Grant Fuhr, who was much sharper than Kay Whitmore. Vancouver outshot the Sabres 39-23.
Buffalo led 2-1 after the first period and 5-3 after two.
Mogilny scored in the first period by converting a power-play rebound after Craig Simpson created havoc in front of the Vancouver net with an aggressive screen.
Defensive errors continued to plague the Canucks in the second period when Buffalo took a 5-1 lead.
LaFontaine scored after a weak checking effort by Vancouver winger Sergio Momesso and Wood counted on a breakaway after a turnover by Canucks defenseman Dana Murzyn.
Eight seconds later Mogilny got his second of the game, and fourth overall, on a slick pass from Doug Bodger.
''Our power play works when we've got another person to be worried about,'' Buffalo coach John Muckler said of Mogilny. ''He's not even in shape yet. He's an awesome hockey player, great to watch.''
Mogilny tied for the NHL goal-scoring lead last season with 76.
''Buffalo gives you lots of chances, then relies on Fuhr,'' Canucks assistant coach Ron Smith said. ''We got frustrated when he stopped nearly everything.
''Buffalo plays a high-tempo, rev-it-up game. They love to attack.''