Sabres Upend Bruins

Vanek hat trick, Thibault shutout lift Buffalo
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Apr 6, 2008 2:25 AM CDT
Buffalo Sabres' Mike Weber goes head first into the boards as Boston Bruins' Jeremy Reich plays the puck during the third period of Buffalo's 3-0 win in a hockey game in Boston last night.    (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
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(Newser) – Thomas Vanek scored three goals and Jocelyn Thibault shut out the Boston Bruins in his first start since Jan. 21 as the Buffalo Sabres ended their season with a 3-0 win last night. The victory came too late for the Sabres. It was their first game since they were eliminated from playoff contention on Thursday night in a 3-1 loss at Montreal.

Boston, which clinched a playoff berth with a 2-1 win at Ottawa Friday, will finish seventh or eighth in the Eastern Conference and play Montreal in the first round. The Canadiens beat Toronto 3-1 to assure the matchup with the Bruins. The Bruins lost all eight of their games against the Canadiens, seven in regulation. Boston ended the regular-season with a 4-1-3 record in its last eight games.