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Sabres hope to regain home ice after Vanek injury @NHLdotcom

BOSTON (AP) -The Buffalo Sabres hoped to get a better playoff start than splitting the first two games at home and losing their top goal scorer.

Now they have to play Monday night in Boston where the Bruins may be shaking their struggles at home. They may even treat their fans to a newfound scoring touch after a 5-3 victory Saturday.

The Bruins, the NHL's second lowest scoring team in the regular season, beat the Sabres after dropping the opener 2-1 two days earlier. What made Game 2 more damaging for Buffalo was the loss of Thomas Vanek with an apparent left foot injury.

Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said Sunday it's doubtful Vanek will play Monday night, but Vanek was confident he'd return at some point in the opening round.

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