Series (Game 1 of 1)

Vancouver leads 1-0

Game 1: Thursday, January 19th

Sabres 1

(29-14-3, 61 pts)

Canucks 4

(27-15-5, 59 pts)

10:00 PM ET, January 19, 2006

Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

1 2 3 T
BUF 0 1 01
VAN 0 1 34

A. Auld (Canucks - G): Saves: 24, Save Pct.: .960

T. Connolly (Sabres - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

A. Burrows (Canucks - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Buffalo (29-13-3) at Vancouver (26-15-5) 10:00 pm EST

Buffalo (29-13-3) at Vancouver (26-15-5) 10:00 pm EST

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Ticker) -- The first game of the Buffalo Sabres' season-high six-game road trip did nothing to slow them down.

The surging Sabres aim for their third straight win Thursday when they visit the Vancouver Canucks, who also have won their last two games.

Buffalo followed up a 10-1 victory over Los Angeles in the finale of a six-game homestand with a 3-1 triumph at Edmonton in the opener of its trek on Monday.

Maxim Afinogenov and Derek Roy scored third-period goals to support another strong effort by goaltender Ryan Miller, who made 22 saves and lowered his goals-against average in January to 1.61.

Miller has won seven of his last nine starts overall and is 5-3-0 all-time against the Canucks, who wrapped up a 2-1-0 road trip with a pair of victories by a combined scored of 12-3.

Todd Bertuzzi's power-play goal in the second period stood as the game-winner in Monday's 4-2 triumph at Pittsburgh. Brendan Morrison had a goal and an assist for Vancouver, which enters Thursday's action tied atop the Northwest Division with both Calgary and Colorado.

After going 10 games without a goal, Bertuzzi has three in his last two games.

The Canucks own a 43-42-19 advantage in the series.