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Vanek puts on show, but Isles blow lead against Panthers

Mar 2, 2014, 6:03 PM EDT

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Amid a miserable weekend (and month, really) for the New York Islanders, Thomas Vanek‘s three-point output might have to do as a bright spot.

The 30-year-old trade target scored the first two goals in Sunday’s game against the Florida Panthers and added a primary assist on a Ryan Strome tally, but it wasn’t enough. The Panthers rattled off four unanswered goals to win 5-3 on Sunday.

This comes after the New Jersey Devils trounced the Islanders 6-1 on Saturday … and big picture-wise, after the Islanders lost John Tavares to a season-ending injury. (Hey, at least someone else is paying his salary for a while, though.)

Indeed, things have been rough lately, so focusing on the future might be wisest. In that regard, Vanek does indeed bring trade value; this three-game output gives him six points in his last five contests.

  1. hardkor07mn - Mar 2, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    Put a wild jersey on him already!!!!!!!

    • bcisleman - Mar 2, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      Not unless the Wild pony up.

  2. anthj99 - Mar 2, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    That first round draft pick the Sabres got for Vanek is looking better every day!

    • bcisleman - Mar 2, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      We’ll see what the Isles get for him.

      • anthj99 - Mar 2, 2014 at 10:07 PM

        And we’ll see what the Sabres get for Moulson, but I think the sum of all the parts are heavily in the Sabres’ favor. Not trying to rub it, just happy my team is making some good moves to get back to respectability.

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