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Sabres’ Vanek stuns Bruins with hat trick

Jan 31, 2013, 10:33 PM EDT

Things started slow between the Buffalo Sabres and Boston Bruins, as is sometimes the case with so much hype surrounding one game.

But then the puck dropped on the second period and the goals began piling up. Thomas Vanek scored a hat trick and added two assists for a five-point game, as the Sabres outlasted the Bruins by a score of 7-4.

The Bruins enjoyed leads of 3-1 and 4-3, before the Sabres roared back with four unanswered goals in the third period.

The big story coming into the game was whether the Sabres would seek retribution on Bruins bruising forward Milan Lucic for running goalie Ryan Miller last year.

Say for this Shawn Thornton-John Scott heavyweight fight less than three minutes into the first period, both teams kept their relative cool, combining for a grand total of 26 penalty minutes.

The loss in the Bruins’ first in regulation this season, but it could prove more costly.

Thornton was reportedly injured during the fight.

Patrice Bergeron also left the game after being spun into the boards, the Bruins Twitter account reported.

Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com reported Bergeron returned to the game.

Haggerty also reported, based on an indication from head coach Claude Julien, that Daniel Paille was being evaluated after taking a high stick in the third period.

  1. flyeredup - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    And Lucic, Chara stun by being sissys allowing Scott to KO punching bag Thornton

    • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:05 PM

      Never heard of 3rd man in I take it? Par for the course in Philly no doubt

      • govtminion - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:12 PM

        Be nice, it’s probably the first time he’s seen real hockey teams play before.

    • capesouth - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:12 PM

      do you know how stupid you sound…or no?

    • rogersjd16 - Feb 1, 2013 at 7:17 AM

      Buffalo scored 2 goals when one or both of them were off the ice. So that would make sense for them to go off for 5 minutes. Yea, Flyers fan.

      • bigblackzaranek - Feb 1, 2013 at 1:53 PM

        what about the other 5?

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 1, 2013 at 9:46 AM

      Actually he sounds right on…I’m so shocked that Lucic couldn’t do his own dirty work. Sent his own teammate out of action. Wow.

  2. 8man - Feb 1, 2013 at 6:46 AM

    Bs looked tired. Raced out to a nice lead but couldn’t hold it. Enough blame to go around between the defense and Rask. Credit the Sabres for playing the whole game…and then some.

    • rogersjd16 - Feb 1, 2013 at 7:14 AM

      Correction – B’s Blue Line looked tired. One of my favorite players but that was one of Seidenberg’s worst games in Spoked B sweater. Offense was humming, defense was just awful. Way too much space and too many odd man rushes.

      Weren’t gonna win em all. Just go up and smoke those chumps in Toronto tomorrow.

  3. jonkchar - Feb 1, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    wtg Sabres

  4. buddysguys - Feb 1, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Lucic is a tough SOB but after watching Scott fight last night and his other fight this year i dont think anyone would really stand a chance against him. He is just took damn big and strong.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 1, 2013 at 9:50 AM

      So he sends in his buddy to get tore up in his place…that doesn’t sound like a tough SOB to me…just an SOB.

      Between his cowardly actions, Chara’s damn near killing Pacioretty, and Marchand whining about Skinners slewfoots, I’m over the B’s until the roster completely turns over…they put the B in b*tches, for me.

      • capesouth - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:14 AM

        You love reading your own words all over this board, eh? Definition of troll right here, folks ^. You’re ‘over’ the Bs…what does that even mean? Were you a fan of theirs in the first place? No, you weren’t.. Stop acting like you are some noble hockey fan. You obviously hate the Bruins and, in reality, the reason is because you respect them. If they sucked, you wouldn’t be here commenting on every Bruins post. Relax for a second and think about how right I am. As for Lucic, he ended the whole dispute a year ago when he pummeled Gaustad. So, just because YOU think the situation hasn’t been resolved, doesn’t make it so. It is over. He doesn’t need to fight every goon that steps up to him, especially when players like Scott can barely skate. If you had it your way, Lucic would keep fighting the sabres until he lost a bout and then you would step up and say ‘the sabres finally resolved this and put Lucic in his place’. They tried, they failed, and people move on…except you. Players dont send other players in to ‘fight their battles’. Thornton wanted to deal with Scott, which is his job, he lost the fight, and that’s it. You are so jealous of the Bruins, it is disgusting.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:25 AM

        hahaha I was just reading some of YOUR other posts…”you sound stupid”, “you know nothing about hockey”, “you’re jealous”…it’s the same damn post over and over, directed toward like 20 different people!

        Whatever friend – you don’t rate anywhere in my book as someone to be taken seriously. There are no trolls here, this is a PUBLIC opinion board. If you need support and don’t want to hear anyone else’s take on it, call your mom, and get off the ‘comment’ section.

        Or…am I just jealous? hahahahahaha

  5. gino97 - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    From A long time Bruins fan let me say what a game by Vanek, we surely had no answer for him last night. To bad Thorty got hurt but he knows that’s the price you pay sometime. John Scott did his job and thats exactly what Buffalo hired him for, they sure no he’s a goon and no goal scorer. Love the fact that Thorty understands it’s not Looch’s first seasons any more and that we need him oing what he does on our first line. He paid the piper for Looch who now ows him one.

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