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April 12, 2011 | By Ray Parrillo, Inquirer Staff Writer
As the Flyers use the days leading into Thursday's Game 1 of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs to scheme against the Buffalo Sabres, there's little mystery about what line they'll focus their attention on shutting down. Unlike the Flyers, whose depth and versatility up front make it difficult to identify their top line, the Buffalo Sabres have a clear No. 1 trio with wingers Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville flanking center Tim Connolly. The Connolly line is a major reason why Buffalo begins the playoffs on a 16-4-4 run. Connolly, Vanek, and Pominville, all veterans, have combined for 47 points (19 goals, 28 assists)
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April 23, 2011 | by Frank Seravalli
1. Tyler Ennis: Scored the first and last goals of the night to give the Sabres a chance to clinch the series tomorrow. 2. Thomas Vanek: Scored his third goal of the series and was the Sabres best forward. 3. Claude Giroux: Assisted on the Flyers first two goals and was key to them getting off the mat after a bad first period.  
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November 27, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
Chris Drury deflected in Teppo Numminen's shot 1 minute, 36 seconds into overtime and visiting Buffalo improved to 11-1 on the road with a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers last night. Thomas Vanek had a goal and an assist on Maxim Afinogenov's goal as Buffalo beat the Rangers in overtime for the second time in New York this season. Ryan Miller was sharp in making 25 saves for the Sabres, who avoided their first losing streak of the season after losing at home to Montreal on Friday.
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January 3, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
Thomas Vanek had a goal and an assist as Rochester held off the Phantoms for a 4-2 win in American Hockey League game at the Wachovia Spectrum yesterday. The Phantoms had snapped a five-game losing streak on Saturday with a 5-4 win over host Albany. The five-game skid was one short of a franchise record. Patrick Sharp and B.J. Abel scored for the Phantoms yesterday. Antero Niittymaki turned aside 25 shots for the Phantoms. Vanek opened the scoring for Rochester at 4 minutes, 16 seconds of the first period.
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March 8, 2012
Pascal Dupuis scored twice and had an assist, and the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied at home to beat the slumping Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2, on Wednesday night for their seventh consecutive victory. Jordan Staal added a goal and an assist to extend his points streak to a career-best six games and rookie Brad Thiessen stopped 22 shots. The Penguins started the day by unveiling a statue honoring Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux outside Consol Energy Center. The three-time MVP, now the team owner, watched from his box as Pittsburgh won for the 11th time in its last 12 home games to strengthen its hold on fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
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November 15, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
BRAD BOYES and Thomas Vanek scored in a shootout to help the visiting Buffalo Sabres beat the Montreal Canadiens, 3-2, last night. Jhonas Enroth made 25 saves in place of injured starter Ryan Miller to improve to 6-0 this season. Miller sustained a concussion Saturday night in a collision with Boston forward Milan Lucic in the Sabres' 6-2 loss to Boston. Yesterday, NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan reacted strongly to complaints from the Sabres after he elected not to suspend Lucic.
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March 11, 2008 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Scott Gomez scored the decisive shoot-out goal, sealing the New York Rangers' 3-2 win over the slumping Buffalo Sabres last night. After the two teams traded shoot-out goals, Gomez broke the tie by faking right and tucking the puck just inside the left post past spread-eagled goalie Ryan Miller. Jaromir Jagr and Fedor Tyutin scored in regulation for the Rangers, who improved to 10-0-3 in their last 13 games, and moved into a tie with Ottawa for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
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October 18, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
Thomas Vanek scored his league-leading sixth goal and added two assists, and Ales Kotalik scored twice in the Buffalo Sabres' 5-2 victory over the visiting Vancouver Canucks last night. Jaroslav Spacek had a goal and assist, and Clarke MacArthur also scored for the unbeaten Sabres, who won their fourth straight to start the season, the third time Buffalo has opened with four wins. Ryan Miller finished with 23 saves for the Sabres, who came in having allowed a league-low three goals.
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February 5, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Niklas Lidstrom's power-play goal with 39 seconds left gave the Detroit Red Wings a 5-4 win over the Phoenix Coyotes last night. Lidstrom's shot from the point went in off Coyotes defenseman Ken Klee's stick. Marian Hossa scored two goals for the second consecutive game and Henrik Zetterberg and Mikael Samuelsson also scored for Detroit. Chris Osgood made 22 saves. Ed Jovanovski and Joakim Lindstrom each had a goal and an assist and Todd Fedoruk and Joel Perrault also scored for Phoenix, which lost its fifth straight.
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April 9, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Ryan Miller made 32 saves to help Buffalo keep its slim playoff hopes alive, and Toronto's Curtis Joseph tied the NHL record for losses in the visiting Sabres' 3-1 victory over the Maple Leafs last night. Joseph was tagged with the 452nd loss of his career, tying him with the late Gump Worsley for most in NHL history. With Martin Gerber expected to get the start in the season finale at home Saturday against Ottawa, the 41-year-old Joseph - fourth on the career victory list with 454 - probably started his last game for the Maple Leafs.
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March 7, 2014
WHEN PAUL HOLMGREN hung up his phone for the final time on Wednesday afternoon, business having been concluded at the NHL trade deadline, there was an overwhelming feeling of contentment in the Flyers' front office. The thinking was that this crop has earned the right to enter the final 6-week sprint toward the Stanley Cup playoffs as an already-assembled band of brothers. Why fix something that isn't broke? The Flyers had won six of their seven games before the deadline. They already have set a franchise record for most third-period comebacks (11)
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April 23, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
ANTTI MIETTINEN scored with 7:36 left to keep the surging Winnipeg Jets in the playoff race with a 2-1 win over the host Buffalo Sabres on Monday night. Ondrej Pavelec stopped 24 shots, including a huge glove save on Thomas Vanek with 5:45 left to preserve the victory. Winnipeg (24-19-3) improved 6-0-1 in its past seven and moved within a point of the idle New York Rangers, who hold the Eastern Conference's eighth and final playoff spot in the final week of the season. Just as important, the Jets also crept to within a point of Southeast Division-leading Washington.
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March 25, 2013
Travis Zajac set up two goals, and the host New Jersey Devils rode another solid performance by Martin Brodeur to a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday. Patrik Elias and David Clarkson scored for New Jersey, and Brodeur finished with 17 saves as the Devils won their second straight since the 40-year-old goalie returned to the lineup.   Leafs top Bruins Nazem Kadri scored in the first period, and Frazer McLaren added a timely goal in the third as the host Toronto Maple Leafs ended an eight-game losing streak to the Boston Bruins with a 3-2 victory.
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March 13, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
MARCUS FOLIGNO scored twice and backup goalie Jhonas Enroth made 18 of his 32 saves in the third period of the Buffalo Sabres' 3-1 win over the visiting New York Rangers on Tuesday night. Enroth, who started because Ryan Miller was sidelined because of a sinus infection, earned his first victory since a 5-1 win over Washington on Nov. 26, 2011. He was 0-9-3 in 16 appearances since then. Foligno's first goal made it 1-1 at 5:35 of the second period. His second gave the Sabres a 3-1 lead with 8:12 left in the game.
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February 8, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
JT. MILLER SCORED his first two NHL goals and then cautioned everyone not to get used to it. The teenage rookie found the net twice in his second career game to lift the New York Rangers to a 4-1 victory over the visiting New York Islanders on Thursday night. Miller, however, said setting up others is really more of his game. As long as pucks go in, the goal-starved Rangers will gladly take offense from anyone. "I am more of a playmaker," said Miller, who won't turn 20 until March.
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February 2, 2013
Tomas Vokoun stopped 28 shots for his 49th NHL shutout, and the Pittsburgh Penguins scored on the first shot of the first and third periods in a 3-0 victory over the host New York Rangers on Thursday night. Evgeni Malkin gave the Penguins the lead just 1 minute, 24 seconds in, James Neal added a power-play goal 28 seconds into the third - after another costly too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty for the Rangers - and Simon Despres netted his second NHL goal to give Pittsburgh its second win in five games.
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February 1, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
THOMAS VANEK had three goals and two assists, setting up the tiebreaking score with 13:06 left in the third period, to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 7-4 victory over the Bruins in Boston Thursday night. Vanek opened the scoring 98 seconds into the game, then had a goal and an assist to tie it after Boston took a 3-1 lead in the second. 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.
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January 22, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
BUFFALO - The Flyers allowed three power-play goals in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres, saw two of their own goals erased by the referee, and fell to 0-2 for the first time since 2008. No, this isn't how they envisioned the start of the lockout-delayed season. "It's definitely no time to hit the panic button," said defenseman Luke Schenn, who was in the penalty box for two of the Sabres' power-play goals at the sold-out First Niagara Center. "Obviously, you want to get off to a better start . . . but we have a lot of games coming up, and no point dwelling on it. Learn from it and go forward and get better.
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March 31, 2012
    Sore nose and all, Sidney Crosby had a goal and three assists to help the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins snap a mini-slump with a 4-3 victory over Buffalo on Friday night that slowed the Sabres' late-season surge. It was Crosby's third four-point game in a season in which concussion troubles have limited him to 18 games. And it came after he was held without a point in his last two outings and a day after his nose was bloodied by a puck in a 5-3 loss at the New York Islanders.
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March 8, 2012
Pascal Dupuis scored twice and had an assist, and the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied at home to beat the slumping Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2, on Wednesday night for their seventh consecutive victory. Jordan Staal added a goal and an assist to extend his points streak to a career-best six games and rookie Brad Thiessen stopped 22 shots. The Penguins started the day by unveiling a statue honoring Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux outside Consol Energy Center. The three-time MVP, now the team owner, watched from his box as Pittsburgh won for the 11th time in its last 12 home games to strengthen its hold on fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
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