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Vanek to miss fourth straight game

Tuesday, 04.02.2013 / 12:23 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

Thomas Vanek told reporters he will miss his fourth straight game when his Buffalo Sabres play at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday.

Vanek skated with the team Tuesday morning but said he has not recovered fully from the upper-body injury that has sidelined him since March 26.

Vanek leads the Sabres with 16 goals and 33 points this season.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the OT winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round