Thursday, January 31, 2013

Vanek's Trick Powers Sabres Past Bruins

Coming into tonight's Buffalo versus Boston game the primary focus was the potential physical play. Since the Sabres got bigger over the off season, with the additions of enforcer John Scott and agitator Steve Ott, many Sabres fans thought they would finally receive an answer for last season's Milan Lucic and Ryan Miller incident.

However, Sabres sniper, Thomas Vanek grabbed the spotlight and recorded a hat-trick and two assists in the Sabres' 7-4 win over the Bruins. This was Vanek's second five-point game of the season, and he now leads the NHL with 15 points in six games played.

Also Sabres captain, Jason Pominville and young star, Cody Hodgson both recorded a goal and two assists on the night. While Miller turned away 38 shots for his third win of the season.

Check out Vanek's hat-trick below.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Veterans Shine Early, Can They Keep This Speed

Hockey fans across the world have had their prayers answered. The NHL season is just a day old, but already has a slew of story lines grabbing everyone's attention. The league's older players are group that is grabbing most of those headlines after one day of play.

A shortened season will benefit and hinder different players and teams in different ways. Some players have had more time to recover and were able to start on their team's opening night roster, a scenario that would not have been possible had the season started back in October. Others say it will benefit older players that may not be as equipped for the long haul of an 82-game season.

In the season's opening night, it did not seem like the NHL's old dogs have lost much in their step as some turned out dominant performances.