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Final thoughts and audio from a wild night in Beantown

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Thomas Vanek burns Tuukka Rask for his hat trick goal. (AP)


By Mike Harrington

BOSTON -- So much happened in the Sabres' 7-4 win over the Bruins that it's hard to process in the hour or two immediately after it. My sense, however, is this has the potential to be a huge turnaround game. Quick hits:

---The Sabres need to get some scoring out of more than one line but Thomas Vanek is so hot right now, it doesn't matter. He's got 15 points in just six games this season -- and 54 points (28-26) in just 46 career games against Boston. And his passing has never been better.

"He's been awesome," said coach Lindy Ruff. "That play to Tyler Ennis [to score Buffalo's third goal] was second to none. Outmuscled a guy in front of the net and really a diving type pass that helped us get back in the game."

"The puck is going in," Vanek said. "I've always been a good passer in my mind. People are focusing on it more right now because the puck is going in."

---Vanek and Pominville have often been on the same line the last eight years. But great chemistry forming with Cody Hodgson in less than 20 games over the last two years.

"For some reason, I liked him right off the bat," Vanek said. "He can play both sides, dish it left and dish it right. He holds the puck, he's got good speed and there's something right there all the time."

---Vanek's hat trick goal was just plain sick. A pass to himself on the boards around Johnny Boychuk and about 20 dekes of Tuukka Rask. My favorite Sabres goal in a long, long time. You'll see it on plays of the year come June.

---Ryan Miller gave up four goals and I thought he was terrific. He made 38 saves and several were just plain point-blank robbery, topped by a glove snare on Patrice Bergeron with 5:56 left and the score still 5-4.

---Time to break up Tyler Myers and Jordan Leopold. Maybe scratch one too. Yeesh. Trainwreck. 

---Christian Ehrhoff another 24 minutes plus. Looks great. Mike Weber solid in his two games as well.

Click below to listen to audio from the locker room

Lindy Ruff

Thomas Vanek

John Scott

Jason Pominville


Boston Bruins | Cody Hodgson | Jason Pominville | John Scott | Thomas Vanek | Tyler Myers
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Mike Harrington

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Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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