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2 goals for Vanek put Sabres up 4-1

Friday, 10.07.2011 / 2:51 PM

By Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer / Ducks-Sabres live blog

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2 goals for Vanek put Sabres up 4-1
Anaheim got one goal back on a wrist shot from near the Ducks' bench by defenseman Nate Guenin at 4:32 of the second period. It traveled past a host of bodies before finding the back of the net.

However, new Buffalo captain Jason Pominville restored the Sabres' two-goal lead just 73 seconds later, making it 3-1. He fired a shot from inside the right circle, and while Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller got a piece of the puck, it trickled by him across the line.

Thomas Vanek scored his second power-play goal of the game at 11:59 of the period. Both of his goals have come from about a combined five feet from the net. He and Pominville each have 3 points.

The Ducks were better at times in the second, but Buffalo's power-play prowess and a soft goal from Hiller are the difference to this point.

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