The Bruins played their worst game of the season the last time they faced off with Buffalo, and Sabres forward Thomas Vanek had a great deal to do with that.
The 29-year-old Austrian tallied five points, including a hat trick, in his team’s 7-4 win over Boston and is off to perhaps the best start of his eight-year career. Vanek leads the NHL in both goals (11) and points (23) through 11 games.
His success against the B’s is nothing new, however. In 46 career games against Boston, Vanek has scored 28 goals, including four game-winners, and holds a plus-22 rating.
Check out the Bruins’ plans to neutralize Vanek’s fast start in the video above from W.B. Mason Bruins Face-Off LIVE.