'Tim Connolly scored a power-play goal as Buffalo jumped out to an early lead and held on for a 3-2 win over Columbus at Nationwide Arena. Milan Bartovic and Michael Ryan also lit the lamp for the Sabres, who built a 3-0 advantage before holding on in the waning minutes.'
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'The Sabres, who beat Washington by the same score in their preseason opener on Saturday night, dominated the first two periods before a crowd of 15,374 at Nationwide Arena. Ryan Miller had a shutout until midway through the third period.'
'"(Vanek) knows where to be," said Sabres co-captain Daniel Briere, who set up both Vanek goals. "He knows how to score. He's a game-breaker. It's fun for me, having a chance to play with a guy like that."'
‘Vanek, the fifth player selected in the 2003 draft out of the University of Minnesota, converted Daniel Briere’s pass through the slot in overtime. Driving to the right of the net, Vanek managed to get his stick on the puck despite being checked by Muir — his weak shot dribbling in just behind goalie Maxime Daigneault.’
‘Thomas Vanek gave the Buffalo Sabres a glimpse at their future.’
‘Ales Kotalik also scored for Buffalo while Martin Biron made 27 saves.’
‘The Sabres battled back twice from one goal deficits. With a two-man advantage, Washington got on the board first with a goal by Matt Pettinger at 11:02 of the first period. It remained 1-0 until Ales Kotalik tied it with a power play goal at 3:07 of the third.’
‘”He’s a clutch performer”, Sabres Head Coach Lindy Ruff said of Vanek. “He seems to score a lot of big goals late”.’