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Zack Kassian, Brad Richardson
Vancouver Canucks' Zack Kassian, left, and Brad Richardson celebrate Richardson's goal against the Buffalo Sabres during first period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Sunday March 23, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)

Kassian, Canucks Power Past Sabres 4-2



Zack Kassian factored on each goal against his former team in Vancouver's 4-2 win over the Sabres on Sunday. Kassian racked up four assists while Shawn Matthias had a goal and two assists.

Tyler Ennis continued to bring the offense for Buffalo with a goal just 1:11 into the game. The early tally marked Ennis' 15th point in 18 games. Ennis gathered a backhand pass from Marcus Foligno and beat Eddie Lack with a wristshot from the far faceoff circle for the 1-0 lead. Jamie McBain made it 2-0 moments later on a soft goal that deflected off a skate and through Lack's pads. The goal came on a delayed penalty call against Vancouver.

The Canucks cut the lead in half on Brad Richardson's ninth of the season at 10:12 of the first. The former Sabre, Kassian, sent a backhand pass from beside the net to Richardson, who whipped a shot past Lieuwen. Matthias tied things up 2:36 later, sending a one-timer from Kassian into the Buffalo net.

Kassian's third assist came 1:40 into the second on Yannick Weber's go-ahead goal. Weber floated a weak shot toward the Buffalo net and the puck slipped through Lieuwen's five-hole, putting Vancouver ahead 3-2. David Booth's goal at 2:23 of the final period made it 4-2, marking yet another assist for Kassian -- his fourth and final of the night. Leading a rush into the Buffalo zone, Kassian sent a pass that landed on Booth's stick and the Canucks winger wristed the puck past Lieuwen for the two-goal lead.

The Sabres stay on the road for a meeting against the Canadiens in Montreal on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Hear all the action on WGR 550 and the Buffalo Sabres Radio Network.

1st Period
Goals

1:11 - BUF - Tyler Ennis (19) (Marcus Foligno, Christian Ehrhoff)
3:29 - BUF - Jamie McBain (4) (Brian Flynn, Matt D'Agostini)
10:12 - VAN - Brad Richardson (9) (Zack Kassian, Shawn Matthias)
12:48 - VAN - Shawn Matthias (11) (Zack Kassian)

Penalties
3:04 - BUF - Rasmus Ristolainen (2 min., cross checking)
3:04 - VAN - David Booth (2 min., roughing)

2nd Period
Goals

1:40 - VAN - Yannick Weber (4) (Zack Kassian, Shawn Matthias)

Penalties
2:00 - VAN - Alexander Edler (2 min., tripping)
18:44 - BUF - Mike Weber (2 min., tripping)

3rd Period
Goals

2:23 - VAN - David Booth (6) (Zack Kassian)

Penalties
None

Goaltending
BUF - Nathan Lieuwen (32 saves, 36 shots)
VAN - Eddie Lack (16 saves, 18 shots)

Power Plays
BUF - 0 of 1
VAN - 0 of 1

Three Stars
1.) VAN - Zack Kassian (0 G, 4 A)
2.) VAN - Shawn Matthias (1 G, 2 A)
3.) VAN - Brad Richardson (1 G, 1 A)

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