Buffalo at New York

Vanek scores twice, leads Sabres' rout of Islanders

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Thomas Vanek is becoming a penalty-killing specialist for the Buffalo Sabres.

Vanek scored twice, including a short-handed goal to help the Sabres beat the New York Islanders 7-1 on Monday afternoon.

"That was my first short-handed goal at any level of hockey," Vanek said. "It was good."

Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said he made a deal with Vanek before the season started.

"I told him if he worked hard and kept his legs moving, he would see penalty-killing time," Ruff said. "My goal is to make him the best two-way player in hockey, and he has the potential to do that."

Ales Kotalik and Jason Pominville each had a goal and two assists. Jochen Hecht, Adam Mair and Clarke MacArthur also scored for the Sabres, who are 2-0-0 to start the season. Three of Buffalo's goals came on the power play.

Patrick Lalime got the start instead of Ryan Miller and made 23 saves.

"I knew two days ago I was starting today," Lalime said. "It's nice to get in there, and when I get the call, I'll make the best of it."

Trent Hunter scored for New York.

The Islanders allowed 11 power plays to Buffalo.

"We were looking for the easy way," captain Bill Guerin said. "That's why we took penalties. We can't take shortcuts."

Joey MacDonald started his third consecutive game for the Islanders. Top goalie Rick DiPietro was again on the bench as the backup. MacDonald stopped 28 shots.

Hecht scored on the power play to give the Sabres a 1-0 lead 10:09 into the game. Behind the net, Hecht threw the puck off MacDonald's stick, and it deflected into the net.

Hecht was injured later in the game.

Ruff said, "it's an upper-body injury, and he'll be reevaluated tomorrow."

Buffalo scored four times in the second period to take a 5-0 lead.

The Sabres upped their lead to 2-0 when Mair put home a rebound between MacDonald's pads at 2:22.

Vanek put Buffalo ahead by three at 7:00 with a short-handed goal.

"I think after the short-handed goal, we really took control of the game," Lalime said.

Only 99 seconds later, Pominville scored off a rebound for a 4-0 lead.

Vanek scored his second of the game at 10:32 on a power play.

Kotalik connected on a slap shot while the Sabres had a two-man advantage 58 seconds into the final period.

Lalime lost his bid for his 36th career shutout when Hunter put a slap shot past him on the short side at 5:21.

MacArthur tapped in a centering pass at 9:12 for his first of the season.

Outside of an injury, Islanders coach Scott Gordon was not pulling MacDonald.

"I can tell you right now, I'm not a strong believer in pulling our goalie to change momentum," Gordon said. "I don't want them looking over their shoulder to the bench. It's a way for Joey to find a way to battle, whatever the situation."


  • Islanders defenseman Radek Martinek, injured Saturday during a victory against St. Louis, did not dress.
  • The Islanders chose to wear their white jerseys for the home game. Last season, they wore the whites at home twice, and split the two games.
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'That was my first short-handed goal at any level of hockey,' Thomas Vanek (26) says.  (AP)
'That was my first short-handed goal at any level of hockey,' Thomas Vanek (26) says. (AP)
Buffalo  (2-0-0) «1427
NY Islanders (1-2-0)0011
Three Stars
T. Vanek

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
J. Pominville

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
A. Kotalik

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
10:05Power Play - Jochen Hecht (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Kotalik, Afinogenov
02:21Adam Mair (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Afinogenov, Tallinder
07:00Short - Thomas Vanek (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Paille, Rivet
08:39Jason Pominville (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Kotalik, Numminen
10:32Power Play - Thomas Vanek (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Sekera, Pominville
58.0Power Play - Ales Kotalik (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Spacek, Roy
05:21Power Play - Trent Hunter (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Pock
09:12Clarke Macarthur (1), Slap Shot. Assist: Paille, Pominville
Penalty Summary
02:36Park, 2 min, Tripping
08:22Witt, 2 min, Hooking
13:38Comrie, 2 min, Cross-Checking
13:38Comrie, 2 min, Roughing
06:04Kotalik, 2 min, Interference
08:43Bergenheim, 5 min, Fighting
08:43Bergenheim, 10 min, Game Misconduct
08:43Witt, 5 min, Fighting
08:43Thompson, 10 min, Misconduct
08:43Witt, 10 min, Game Misconduct
08:43Thompson, 5 min, Fighting
08:43Kaleta, 5 min, Fighting
08:43Kaleta, 10 min, Misconduct
08:43Rivet, 5 min, Fighting
08:43Kaleta, 10 min, Game Misconduct
08:43Rivet, 20 min, Game Misconduct
08:43Mair, 5 min, Fighting
08:43Mair, 10 min, Misconduct
09:32Meyer, 2 min, Cross-Checking
16:46Spacek, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
19:08Comrie, 2 min, Slashing
19:08Meyer, 2 min, Tripping
01:17Tambellini, 2 min, Tripping
04:04Sekera, 2 min, Slashing
04:49Sim, 2 min, Holding
05:21Kotalik, 2 min, Hooking
05:46Vanek, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
10:18Sekera, 2 min, Closing Hand on Puck
13:20Hilbert, 2 min, Slashing
13:20Peters, 2 min, Roughing
16:57Hunter, 2 min, Slashing
19:09Pock, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
19:54Okposo, 2 min, Slashing
Shots On Goal
New York78924
Patrick Lalime60:00231
Joey MacDonald60:00287
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
NY Islanders0-for-0
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Linesmen - Michel Cormier, Darren Gibbs
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