The Buffalo Sabres finally won something on the heels of a season in which they endured mostly losing.A franchise which became the NHL’s first to finish 31st in the standings following this year’s addition of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights came away a winner in the draft lottery held in Toronto on Saturday night.After center Ryan O’Reilly acknowledged two weeks ago that a losing culture crept into the Sabres’ locker room [url=http://www.officialsharks.com/authentic-adidas-tim-heed-jersey]Tim Heed Jersey[/url] , perhaps landing the No. 1 pick could provide motivation, general manager Jason Botterill told The Associated Press by phone.”We talked about change, and everyone assumes that’s like bringing in new players or bringing in new coaches, but it’s also changing things , how you go about your training,” said Botterill, who took over in May after GM Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma were fired.”Hopefully this gets them that much more excited,” he added. ”We’re bringing in a No. 1 overall talent to this group. And my guess it’s going to give our coaches a jump. And it’s certainly going to give our players a little jump.”The Sabres will pick first for the third time in team history, and first since selecting Pierre Turgeon at No. 1 in 1987. Buffalo also lands the top pick after losing the lottery each of the previous two times the team finished last and settled for the No. 2 selections in both 2014 and `15.”I certainly know the disappointment from those couple of years, but what people have to understand is we brought in excellent players in those years [url=http://www.officialblues.com/authentic-adidas-alex-pietrangelo-jersey]Alex Pietrangelo Jersey Kids[/url] ,” Botterill said, referring to Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart. ”But there always is that excitement and that attitude, the No. 1. And I’m very happy for our group.”The Carolina Hurricanes made the biggest jump in the draft order by moving from the 11th spot to 2nd. Montreal also shook up the draft order by moving up one spot and will select third.The Hurricanes and Canadiens moved ahead of Ottawa and Arizona. The Senators dropped from the second slot to having the fourth pick, and Arizona dropped from third to fifth.The Sabres finished 25-45-12 and ranked last in numerous offensive categories. They extended their franchise-worst playoff drought to a seventh straight season and went 11-25-5 at home to match the fewest victories in team history.Buffalo became just the eighth last-place finishing team to retain the first pick by winning the lottery since it was introduced by the NHL in 1995.This year’s draft will be held at Dallas on June 22-23.Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin is regarded as the top-rated prospect and is listed first among European skaters in the final NHL Central Scouting Bureau’s final rankings. Russian forward Andrei Svechnikov is the top-ranked North American prospect after playing for Barrie of the Ontario Hockey League.The top-rated U.S.-born prospect is Boston University forward Brady Tkachuk, the son of former NHL star Keith Tkachuk.Botterill said it was premature to say who the Sabres would consider selecting, though Hurricanes president Don Waddell guessed it will likely be Dahlin.That’s fine for Waddell, who was more concerned about the Hurricanes moving back in the order.”When it got to be No. 11 and our name didn’t come up there, it was like: `Wow, do you believe just what happened?”’ Waddell said. ”At 11, I think everybody’s comfortable that they’re going to get a good player but probably not a player that was going to jump on your team right now.”The Hurricanes are in a state of flux under new team owner Tom Dundon.Carolina is searching for a general manager after Ron Francis was reassigned to another front-office position last season. 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And Dahlin also had an assist in two games at the Pyeongchang Olympics in February.The next step for the prospects will be attending the pre-draft combine in Buffalo from May 27 to June 2.The lottery settled one more selection with Philadelphia landing the 14th pick to complete a trade in which the Flyers sent Brayden Schenn to St. Louis in June. The Blues had the option to retain this year’s first-round pick but only if it landed among the top 10 spots.The remaining 16 draft positions will be determined based on playoff results.—AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno contributed to this story from Washington.— VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Thatcher Demko couldn’t stop grinning the whole game in his first NHL start despite giving up the tying goals before the Vancouver Canucks won it in overtime.Alex Edler scored 1:21 into the extra period and Demko finished with 26 saves in the Canucks’ wild 5-4 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.”I just tried to enjoy it,” the 22-year-old Demko said. ”I had a blast. … Even when they scored on three consecutive shots I was still smiling. It was a lot of fun to be part of it.”On the winning goal, Edler picked up a loose puck in the Blue Jackets’ end, waited patiently, then beat Columbus goalie Joonas Korpisalo with a shot to the far side.”I knew we had a 2-on-1,” Edler said. ”I wanted to pass it but it just wasn’t there.”Jussi Jokinen had a goal and two assists against his former team, and Darren Archibald [url=http://www.officialpenguinsproshop.com/authentic-adidas-evgeni-malkin-jersey]Youth Evgeni Malkin Jersey[/url] , Bo Horvat and Nikolay Goldobin also scored for the Canucks, who tied a season-high with their fourth straight win and fifth in six games after a seven-game skid.The Blue Jackets erased a 4-1 deficit by scoring three goals in 2:37 late in the third period to tie it.Pierre-Luc Dubois started the comeback with a power-play goal with just under four minites remaining, Zach Werenski pulled Columbus within one with 1:37 left and Cam Atkinson tied it 16 seconds later.”We’re a team that regardless of the score we are never out of the fight,” said Atkinson. ”We’re still fighting for our lives, so we can’t afford to take our foot off the gas pedal for a second. When we did, it showed.”Seth Jones had a goal and three assists, Artemi Panari had four assists and Korpisalo finished with 24 saves for the Blue Jackets, who are 12-1-1 in their last 14 games as they try to pass Pittsburgh for second place in the Metropolitan Division.Columbus coach John Tortorella was happy his team didn’t quit.”There were a number of guys that struggled, some big guys that struggled, but those last few minutes some big guys stood up [url=http://www.officialpenguinsproshop.com/authentic-adidas-jake-guentzel-jersey]Jake Guentzel Jersey Kids[/url] ,” he said. ”No matter what happened we found a way to get a point.”Demko, picked 36th overall in the 2014 draft, was called up from Utica of the AHL because backup goalie Anders Nilsson has the flu. He arrived in Vancouver late Friday night, then was in net for the game which started at 1 p.m. Vancouver time.”My body was pretty confused,” he said. ”I was almost too tired to be nervous.”Demko looked tight early in the game. 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It was Jokinen’s third goal since coming to Vancouver along with center Tyler Motte at the trade deadline in a deal that sent Thomas Vanek to Columbus.”Every time you play against your old team you want to show they made a mistake letting you go,” Jokinen said. ”For sure I had extra motivation.”He also assisted on Horvat’s goal later in the period, giving him five assists and eight points in 11 games with the Canucks.The Canucks scored goals 1:44 apart in the second period to take a 2-1 lead.Archibald tied it at 11:53. His shot from the faceoff circle looked to be tipped by a Columbus defenseman. Korpisalo still managed to get a piece of the puck but it went off his glove and into the net. 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He had 50 minutes in 2007-08. … The last time Vancouver won four consecutive games was Oct. 20-26.UP NEXTBlue Jackets: Host Detroit on Tuesday night.Canucks: Host Vegas on Tuesday night.