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GOAL OF THE YEAR: QUARTERFINAL #3

Thomas Vanek squares off with Derek Roy in the third quarterfinal match-up.

Wednesday, 05.09.2012 / 4:00 PM / News
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GOAL OF THE YEAR: QUARTERFINAL #3
Thomas Vanek squares off with Derek Roy in the third quarterfinal match-up.

#3: THOMAS VANEK VS. FLORIDA PANTHERS

When he’s on his game, there may be no tougher player in the NHL to knock off the puck than Sabres winger Thomas Vanek. The 28-year-old Austrian put his puck possession skills to the test in the second period of Buffalo’s game against the Florida Panthers on October 29. Buffalo had struggled to get any offense going all night long, as they trailed the Panthers 1-0 late in the second period. Then Vanek took over. He picked up the puck at the Florida blueline, and navigated his way down the right side. He protected the puck nicely as he wheeled around Brian Campbell, leaving goaltender Jose Theodore flatfooted and out of position at the same time. Sensing the scoring opportunity in front of him, Vanek swung around the goal and stuffed a wraparound into the net just out of the reach of Florida’s Shawn Matthias. It was Vanek’s eighth goal in Buffalo’s first 10 games. He finished the year with 26 goals, his seventh straight season of scoring 25 or more goals for the Sabres.

#6: DEREK ROY VS. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

Derek Roy has always been a clutch performer for the Buffalo Sabres. Look no further than the 28 game-winning goals he had scored in his first seven seasons with the club. Hampered by injuries this season, Roy slumped mightily and only had one game winner heading into a crucial late-season matchup with Toronto on April 3 at First Niagara Center. Adding to Roy’s frustrations, he’d only scored twice in the previous 20 games. But Roy would light the lamp twice on this night, with the second tally being his biggest of the year. The Sabres had rallied from a pair of two-goal deficits in the third period to send the game into overtime. Dion Phaneuf took a delay of game penalty just 1:52 into the extra period for shooting the puck over the glass, putting Buffalo on the power play. Roy played catch with Tyler Ennis at the top of the slot before sending it to his left to Jason Pominville. The captain made a quick pass down low to Thomas Vanek, but his shot was blocked, sending the rebound into the open slot. Roy jumped in and quickly a fired wrist shot past Ben Scrivens that kept Buffalo’s slim playoff hopes alive for yet another day.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82