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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

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.

For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Columbus Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said after their 4-3 OT win vs. Pittsburgh in Game 2, the franchise's first ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory