Thomas the Tank steamrolls Bruins

Kevin Snow  - Sabres.com (@kwsnow) | Friday, 02.01.2013 / 2:36 AM

Buffalo 7 – Boston 4

Thursday, January 31, 2013

TD Garden


BOSTON – Four days ago, Thomas Vanek wasn’t healthy enough to play in a game. On Thursday, he carried the Buffalo Sabres to victory. The red-hot Vanek scored three goals and added two assists for his second five-point game of the young season, leading Buffalo to a come-from-behind 7-4 pounding of the Boston Bruins. Not only did the victory snap Buffalo’s four-game winless skid, it was also Boston’s first regulation loss of the season.

Vanek opened the scoring in the first period, but the Bruins scored the next three and threatened to run away with the game during a five-minute stretch midway through the second period. But Vanek and Tyler Ennis counterpunched the Bruins late in the second to send the game to intermission even at 3-3. David Krejci gave Boston another lead 105 seconds into the third period, but it was all Sabres after that. Alexander Sulzer and Cody Hodgson got the Sabres back on top, followed by Vanek’s hat trick insurance marker at 18:29. Jason Pominville scored an empty netter with 14 seconds left to cap off his three-point night. Ryan Miller faced 42 shots to earn the win, and made a pair of spectacular saves in the third period on Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron to preserve the victory.


Patrick Kaleta did not make the trip to Boston, as he is back in Buffalo recovering from neck injury that forced him to spend Tuesday night in the hospital… Robyn Regehr missed his second straight game with a lower body injury… TJ Brennan was Buffalo’s lone healthy scratch.


The win was Buffalo’s first in Boston since March 10, 2011… Thomas Vanek’s hat trick was the eighth of his career, and his first since April 5, 2011. That was also the last hat trick recorded by the Sabres. Vanek’s eight hat tricks are sixth in franchise history, one behind Dave Andreychuk… Vanek has collected at least one point in each of the six games he’s played; this was his third multi-point game of the season… Vanek has 26 points (8+18) in his last 16 games dating back to last season… Vanek’s 54 points (28+26) in 45 career games against Boston are his highest against any opponent… Jason Pominville has recorded points in six of seven games… The Sabres are now 2-0-0 this season when scoring five or more goals… Buffalo only scored seven goals in a game once last year (Mar. 19 @ TB)… Alexander Sulzer’s goal was his first since April 3, 2012… Mikhail Grigorenko picked up his first career assist on Sulzer’s goal… First of five meetings this season between Sabres and Bruins… Buffalo is 6-2-2 in last 10 vs. Bruins; 4-4-2 on the road… Sabres improve to 115-109-40 all-time against Boston; 45-68-19 on the road.


* Tied after the first period: 1-3-1

* Scoring first: 3-2-0

* Tied after two 2-1-0

* Outshot by the opposition: 2-3-0


Time on Ice: Christian Ehrhoff, 24:18

Shots: Jason Pominville, 5

Blocked Shots: Andrej Sekera, 5

Faceoff Wins: Cody Hodgson, 7

Total Faceoffs: Hodgson, 16 (7-9)

Hits: Mike Weber, 6


The Sabres were one-for-three on the power play, with their long goal being a big one. Thomas Vanek’s redirect of Christian Ehrhoff’s point shot got the Sabres within one at 3-2, and it came with the Bruins down two men as Milan Lucic and Zdeno Chara were both in the box serving minor penalties. Buffalo’s power play is now at 24% (6/25) through seven games. The penalty kill was perfect for the second game in a row, shutting down four Boston power The Sabres’ penalty killers went to bed tonight ranked 12th at 82.8% (24/29).


* Saturday @ Montreal, 2 p.m.

* Sunday vs. Florida, 3 p.m.

* Tuesday @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
2nd Period
01:38BUF Thomas Vanek (4) ASST: Cody Hodgson (1), Jason Pominville (6) 1 - 0 BUF
05:12BOS Rich Peverley (1) ASST: Daniel Paille (2), Chris Kelly (2) 1 - 1 Tie
07:43BOS Brad Marchand (4) ASST: Patrice Bergeron (3) 2 - 1 BOS
10:54BOS Brad Marchand (5) ASST: Patrice Bergeron (4), Tyler Seguin (3) 3 - 1 BOS
16:46BUF PPG - Thomas Vanek (5) ASST: Christian Ehrhoff (5), Tyler Ennis (3) 3 - 2 BOS
18:19BUF Tyler Ennis (2) ASST: Thomas Vanek (8), Marcus Foligno (3) 3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
01:45BOS David Krejci (2) ASST: Nathan Horton (3) 4 - 3 BOS
02:28BUF Alexander Sulzer (1) ASST: Mikhail Grigorenko (1), Jochen Hecht (1) 4 - 4 Tie
06:54BUF Cody Hodgson (4) ASST: Thomas Vanek (9), Jason Pominville (7) 5 - 4 BUF
18:29BUF Thomas Vanek (6) ASST: Cody Hodgson (2), Mike Weber (2) 6 - 4 BUF
19:46BUF EN - Jason Pominville (5) ASST: NONE 7 - 4 BUF
Three Stars of the Game
Thomas Vanek
Thomas Vanek
G: 3Shots: 4
A: 2Hits: 0
PTS: 5PIM: 0
+/-: 4TOI: 19:21
Brad Marchand
Brad Marchand
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: -1TOI: 16:32
Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller
SA: 42TOI: 59:56
GA: 4EV: 30-34
PIM: 0PP: 8-8
SV%: .905SH: 0-0
Penalty Summary
1st Period
02:53BOS Shawn Thornton  Fighting (maj) against  John Scott
02:53BUF John Scott  Fighting (maj) against  Shawn Thornton
08:29BUF Jordan Leopold  Slashing against  Nathan Horton
15:36BUF John Scott  Elbowing against  Rich Peverley
2nd Period
05:32BOS Rich Peverley  Cross checking against  Jochen Hecht
15:45BOS Milan Lucic  Boarding against  Tyler Myers
15:45BOS Zdeno Chara  Holding against  Thomas Vanek
3rd Period
11:25BUF Tyler Myers  Hi stick - double minor against  Daniel Paille
11:56BOS Dennis Seidenberg  Tripping against  Marcus Foligno
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/30/4
Faceoff Wins2736
Blocked Shots248
Penalty Minutes1313
3J. LeopoldD00-12215:55
6M. WeberD0120021:23
9S. OttC00-11019:44
10C. EhrhoffD0122024:18
19C. HodgsonC1203018:35
21D. StaffordR00-22017:15
25M. GrigorenkoC010208:57
26T. VanekL3244019:21
29J. PominvilleR1225023:08
32J. ScottL000174:28
37M. EllisL000007:33
42N. GerbeC000006:41
44A. SekeraD0010021:21
52A. SulzerD1011017:33
55J. HechtC0123015:32
57T. MyersD00-11416:08
63T. EnnisC1113019:02
82M. FolignoL0102015:10
30R. Miller3842.90559:56
11G. CampbellC00-22010:57
17M. LucicL00-24221:38
18N. HortonR01-13021:09
19T. SeguinC0113019:17
20D. PailleL0102014:14
21A. FerenceD0011019:11
22S. ThorntonL000050:16
23C. KellyC01-10014:12
27D. HamiltonD00-23020:28
33Z. CharaD00-34225:19
37P. BergeronC0215018:29
44D. SeidenbergD00-10219:40
46D. KrejciC10-12021:33
49R. PeverleyC10-16215:11
54A. McQuaidD0010013:39
55J. BoychukD0003018:13
63B. MarchandL20-14016:32
64L. MacDermidL000004:12
40T. Rask2531.80658:49