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THOMAS VANEK NAMED NHL'S FIRST STAR OF THE WEEK

by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres
Thomas Vanek (Photo: Getty Images)
Buffalo  Sabres  left  wing Thomas Vanek, Minnesota  Wild  goaltender  Niklas  Backstrom and Dallas Stars rookie left wing Fabian Brunnstrom have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending October 19.


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The 24-year-old Vanek picked up eight points (six goals, two assists), in a week  that  saw Buffalo post a 3-0-1 record. Vanek has nine points (7-2--9) in  his  first  five  games  and  is off to the best start of his four-year career,  posting  at  least one goal in each of Buffalo’s first five games.

Included  in  Vanek’s  League-leading goal total last week were shorthanded goals  in  consecutive  games  (Oct.  13  at  NYI,  Oct.  15 at NYR), and a power-play  goal in Saturday’s 3-2 shootout loss in Atlanta. Vanek also has a League-best 32 shots in his five games.
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