The Vancouver Canucks have as many short-handed goals as they do power-play goals.
The sum of those two categories is four through seven games, which means Canucks coach John Tortorella's next round of line shuffling could be to spark their man-advantage in Thursday's game at Buffalo.
The Canucks (4-3-0) went a fifth straight game without a power-play goal in Tuesday's 3-2 win at Philadelphia. They're 2 for 20 on the year and haven't scored in their last 10 opportunities.
They'd scored three goals in their last nine periods heading into the third Tuesday, so Tortorella made some even-strength moves, splitting Henrik and Daniel Sedin. His team answered with third-period goals from Chris Higgins and Ryan Kesler, who were playing on the line centered by Henrik Sedin.
It was their second win after trailing entering the third period.
"I think it's good that he does that," Henrik Sedin said of Tortorella's changes. "We had a lot of time in their end, but didn't really create any scoring chances. So just mixing up a few lines seems to get everyone going."
Sedin assisted on both goals. He has a goal and a league high-tying eight assists with at least a point in six of seven games.
The win got the Canucks back above .500 and kicked off their seven-game road trip with a win after they'd scored one goal in each of their last two games.
The Sabres (1-6-1) haven't been strangers to offensive struggles this year, but things improved Tuesday on Long Island as they rallied for a 4-3 shootout win over the Islanders.
Buffalo avoided setting a dubious franchise record by going winless in eight straight to start a season, scoring more than two goals for the first time.
"It's good to finally get a win," goaltender Ryan Miller told the team's official website. "It's part of the process but it's good that guys finally get rewarded for some effort and sticking with it. We have been in some games. We have given it the effort and come up short. After awhile, it really starts to wear on you and it's good that they get rewarded. It gives us a chance to feel good for a little while and see if we can build. The key now is to build."
Miller made 41 saves to get the game to a shootout, where he stopped 2013 Hart Trophy finalist John Tavares to finally get his team into the win column in its sixth one-goal game.
Miller has faced at least 40 shots in three of his last four games.
Tyler Ennis scored his first goal of the year for Buffalo, Thomas Vanek added one on the power play, and Marcus Foligno scored the game-tying goal at 17:59 in the third.
Vanek is the only Sabres player with more than one goal. His third of the year was his team's third of the season on the power play. Their 26th-ranked unit is now 3 for 29 (10.3 percent) with the man advantage, just ahead of the Canucks (10.0).
The Canucks' penalty kill is second in the league at 91.3 percent (21 of 23). The Sabres' is eighth at 84.6 (22 of 26).
Miller is 3-0-0 with a 2.54 goals-against average in his career at home against Vancouver, while Roberto Luongo is 2-3-0 with a tie in Buffalo despite a 1.66 GAA. He hasn't played at the First Niagara Center since February 2006.
The teams haven't played since March 3, 2012, a 5-3 Sabres win in Vancouver. Buffalo scored three goals in the game's first five minutes, 10 seconds to chase Luongo.
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