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VANEK RECEIVES FIRST STAR HONOR

Vanek named NHL's 'First Star' for the week ending Feb. 3

Monday, 02.04.2013 / 1:49 PM / News
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VANEK RECEIVES FIRST STAR HONOR
On the strength of 10 points in four games, Buffalo Sabres left winger Thomas Vanek was named as the NHL\'s \'First Star\' of the week ending Feb. 3. Vanek was joined by Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz and Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo in receiving the weekly honors.

On the strength of 10 points in four games, Buffalo Sabres left winger Thomas Vanek was named as the NHL's 'First Star' of the week ending Feb. 3. Vanek was joined by Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz and Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo in receiving the weekly honors.

FIRST STAR -- THOMAS VANEK, BUFFALO SABRES
Vanek climbed to first place in the NHL scoring race by posting a League-best 10 points (five goals, five assists) in four games last week. Vanek recorded points on 71% of the Sabres' goals, starting with one assist in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs Jan. 29. He notched his second five-point game of the season (three goals, two assists) in a 7-4 victory over the Boston Bruins Jan. 31, becoming the first Sabres player in 20 years to record multiple five-point games in a season. Buffalo's Pat LaFontaine and Alexander Mogilny had six and three, respectively, in 1992-93. Vanek tallied Buffalo’s only goal in a 6-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens Feb. 2 and tallied a goal and two assists in a 4-3 loss to the Florida Panthers Feb. 3. The 29-year-old native of Vienna, Austria is in his eighth NHL season, all with the Sabres after being chosen fifth overall by Buffalo in the 2003 NHL Draft.

SECOND STAR -- CHRIS KUNITZ, PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Kunitz tallied eight points (five goals, three assists) in four games, including a pair of game-winning goals, as the Penguins (6-3-0) won three of four starts to take the Atlantic Division lead. He recorded one assist in a 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders Jan. 29, tallied one goal, two assists and a +4 rating in a 5-1 win over the New Jersey Devils Feb. 2 and he finished the week with the first four-goal game of his NHL career -- on four shots -- in a 6-3 victory over the Washington Capitals Feb. 3. Kunitz, who tallied a career-high 26 goals in 82 games for the Penguins in 2011-12, has a club-leading six in nine games this season.

THIRD STAR -- ROBERTO LUONGO, VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Luongo posted a 2-0-1 record, 0.95 goals-against average and .963 save percentage, helping the Canucks (4-2-2) claim first place in the Northwest Division. Luongo began the week by making 26 stops in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings Jan. 28. He recorded 24 saves for his 61st career NHL shutout a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche Jan. 30 and made 27 saves in a 2-1 shootout win over the Chicago Blackhawks Feb. 1. Luongo has posted a 2-0-2 record, 1.46 goals-against average and .944 save percentage in four appearances this season.

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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