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Sabres LW Vanek out a month with fractured jaw @NHLdotcom

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -Buffalo Sabres All-Star Thomas Vanek will be sidelined three to four weeks after having surgery Sunday to repair a fractured jaw.

Vanek, whose 32 goals ranks third in the league, was hurt in the first period Saturday night in Ottawa after being struck in the face by a slap shot by Senators defenseman Anton Volchenkov.

The Austrian native clutched his bloodied mouth and immediately skated off the ice and into the Sabres dressing room.

The injury comes just as the Sabres appear to be hitting their stride. They've won two of their last three, and are 11-5-1 in their last 17 games to move into seventh place in the Eastern Conference, three points ahead of eighth-place Carolina.

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