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Stanley Cup Final

Thomas Vanek scores twice in rallying Sabres to 5-4 shootout win over Canadiens

Thursday, 02.07.2013 / 10:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Thomas Vanek scores twice in rallying Sabres to 5-4 shootout win over Canadiens

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Thomas Vanek scored twice in regulation, including the tying tally with 2 seconds left, and added a shootout goal to rally the Buffalo Sabres past the Montreal Canadiens 5-4 on Thursday night.

Jason Pominville also scored in the shootout and Ryan Miller clinched the victory by making a left pad save to stop Brian Gionta on Montreal's final opportunity.

Buffalo rallied from a 4-2 deficit in the third period to snap a three-game skid and win for the second time in its past nine games. Vanek, the NHL's leading scorer with 10 goals and 21 points, keyed the comeback by scoring both third-period goals, his second coming during a scramble in front at 19:58.

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That was something I've been dreaming of, something I've told myself before the third period I was going to do ... It was an amazing feeling. It's hard to describe. I didn't believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don't think I'm the same caliber player he is so I couldn't do it.

— Flames forward Mikael Backlund on scoring the overtime winner against the Ducks in Gm. 3