What do you need for a successful offense? You need your stars to produce on the score sheet.
For the Buffalo Sabres, stars equal Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville. Against the Philadelphia Flyers earlier this afternoon, the two combined for eight of the Buffalo Sabres fourteen points – two goals and six assists.
If those two can combine for that more often, its the only stat line you need to orchestrate a win for the Buffalo Sabres.
It all comes down to chemistry. The pair has been together since 2004-2005 when they played together since their days wearing the red, white, and blue sweaters of the Rochester Americans.
In an age of rotating lines and ever changing strategies, having Pominville and Vanek together is almost like Lindy Ruff trying to create something that people can wrap a nickname around, like the famed French Connection.
Lindy Ruff, when asked after today’s game what the secret was between the two Buffalo Sabres forwards, and all he could think of was chemistry.
Ah, they spent a lot of years playing together. You go all the way back to their days in Rochester, those two guys are a little bit like glue.
If those two have found the magic, it could be a very good season for the Buffalo Sabres. Vanek agrees with his head coach, but adds a little bit to it as well.
Good linemates, and a little bit lucky at the same time.
Thomas Vanek became the first Buffalo Sabres player since Drew Stafford in 2008 to score five points in a game.
The in game tweets about Thomas Vanek ranged from funnier than hell to serious as a heart attack.
#Vanek certainly did his thing today
— Phil Maiarana (@PMaiarana4) January 21, 2013
— Jesse Pereira (@jesse6610) January 20, 2013
The lazy Euro with a five point game. No big deal. #Vanek
— Nick Richardson (@UB_Opethian) January 20, 2013
If you didn’t see Vanek shake Ilya Bryzgalov from the Harbor to Niagara Falls and back, here is the replay.
Full highlights from todays game.