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Vanek scores two goals to lead Sabres to 7-1 win over Islanders

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Thomas Vanek scored twice and Ales Kotalik and Jason Pominville each added a goal and two assists as the Buffalo Sabres beat the New York Islanders 7-1 on Monday afternoon.

Jochen Hecht, Adam Mair and Clarke MacArthur also scored for the Sabres, who are 2-0-0 to start the season. Three of Buffalo's goals came on the power play and another came while shorthanded.

Patrick Lalime made 23 saves for the Sabres.

Trent Hunter had the only goal for New York.

Joey MacDonald started his third consecutive game for the Islanders. Top goalie Rick DiPietro was again on the bench as the backup. MacDonald stopped 28 shots.

Hecht scored on the power play to give the Sabres a 1-0 lead 10:09 into the game. Behind the net, Hecht threw the puck off MacDonald's stick, and it deflected in.

Buffalo scored four times in the second to take a 5-0 lead.

The Sabres increased their lead to 2-0 when Mair put a rebound between MacDonald's pads at 2:22. Vanek made it 3-0 at 7:00 with a short-handed goal.

Just 99 seconds later, Pominville scored off a rebound for a 4-0 lead.

Vanek scored his second of the game at 10:32 on a power play.

Kotalik connected on a slapshot while the Sabres had a two-man advantage 58 seconds into the third.

Lalime lost his bid for his 36th career shutout when Hunter beat him with a slapshot at 5:21.

MacArthur tapped in a centring pass at 9:12 for his first goal of the season.

Notes: Islanders defenceman Radek Martinek, injured during Saturday's win versus St. Louis, did not dress. ... The Islanders chose to wear their white jerseys for the home game. Last season, they wore the whites at home twice, and split the two games.

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