Vanek Tips Hat to Ottawa in Sabres' Win
Hurricanes edge Bruins, McKee, Blues top Kings
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2008 11:54 PM CST
Buffalo Sabres' Thomas Vanek, of Austria, middle, celebrates his second goal as Ottawa Senators' Ray Emery, right, looks on and Anton Volchenkov, of Russia, skate behind during third period NHL hockey...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Thomas Vanek earned his first career hat trick last night as Buffalo beat up on Ottawa, 5-1. Vanek scored twice in the final period, as the Sabres continued their march back to playoff relevancy, now undefeated over nine straight games. They have earned 16 of a possible 18 points over that stretch, the AP reports. In other NHL action:

  • Defensman Jay McKee scored the third period go-ahead, as slumping St. Louis halted a four game skid, beating the Kings 4-2. The Blues have won only three of their last 14
  • Despite an early Carolina lead, the Bruins made a fight of it, as Shawn Thornton scored twice in 27 seconds late in the third before the B's succumbed 3-2.