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February 1, 2013

Vanek's big night leads Sabres to win

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Tonawanda News — “That’s what I bring to the team,” Vanek said. “Be good in front and make plays for the team.”

The Bruins went up 4-3 in the third before Alexander Sulzer tied it on a wrister from the faceoff circle, and then Vanek helped give Buffalo the lead when he kept the puck in the zone, faked a shot and slid it over to Cody Hodgson for the game-winner.

And Vanek was trailing the play — but did not get an assist — when Jason Pominville skated in for the empty-netter with 14 seconds left to clinch it. Vanek, who entered the game tied for sixth in scoring in the league, now has 54 points in 46 career games against the Bruins.

Vanek gave the Sabres the lead after a scoreless first period, but Boston came back with three straight goals to open a 3-1 lead.

The Sabres tied it again, thanks in part to a 5-on-3 power play when Lucic and Zdeno Chara were both sent off for penalties.

Midway through the two-man advantage, Vanek deflected a pass from Christian Ehrhoff into the net. He added an assist to make it 3-3.

Krejci gave Boston the lead early in the third, but Sulzer tied it 4-4 less than a minute later and Hodgson added the go-ahead goal with 13 minutes left.

NOTES: As part of their efforts to apologize to the fans for the lockout of the players, the Bruins gave away 134,000 concession items during home games in January, three per fan per game. That included 36,111 fountain sodas, 27,364 hot dogs and 19,472 boxes of popcorn. ... Lane MacDermid, a fourth-round pick in 2009, made his season debut. He took the place of Chris Bourque, who was a healthy scratch. ... Bruins forward Shawn Thornton left the game after a first-period fight with John Scott and did not return. ... The Bruins had won 43 straight games with a two-goal lead.

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