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Sabres’ Thomas Vanek Honored For Fine Play With First Star

Thomas Vanek of the Buffalo Sabres has been a rampage to start the season and because of his fine play of late he’s been recognized as the week’s first star according to the Canadian Press.

Vanek has registered at least one point in every game the Sabres have played so far this year, so it’s not surprising that he’s leading  the NHL in points with 19.

To earn the honors, Vanek recorded 10 points in four games and still the Sabres were a disappointing 1-3 during that span.  Vanek had 5 goals and 5 assists during the week, which included a 5 point performance against the rough and tumble Boston Bruins.  It was the second time this season that the 29-year old has recorded a 5 point game, also doing so in the season opener.

Chris Kunitz of the Pittsburgh Penguins was named the second star who had eight points last week, which included a four-goal game on Sunday against the Washington Capitals.

The third star is Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks who went 2-0-1 last week, with a goals against average of 0.95 and a save percentage of .963.  His fine play has led to Luongo getting set to start his fourth straight game tonight in Edmonton when the Canucks take on the Oilers.

Who says there isn’t a goaltending controversy in Vancouver?

 

Topics: 3 Stars, Buffalo Sabres, Chris Kunitz, Pittsburgh Penguins, Roberto Luongo, Thomas Vanek, Vancouver Canucks

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  • Andrew Thompson

    No argument, he earned first star. It’s just a pity that the rest of team apparently burned up all their karma after beating the Bruins.