TribLIVE

| Sports

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Penguins notebook: Sabres' Vanek's scoring touch poses problems

Penguins/NHL Videos

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is 7-3-0 with a 2.26 goals-against average this season.

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

By Josh Yohe
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, 7:57 p.m.
 

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Sabres left wing Thomas Vanek has always been among the NHL's most tantalizingly talented players.

This season, he has played with a consistency that has never been his hallmark.

Vanek will enter Sunday's game against the Penguins as the NHL's leading scorer with 23 points.

“Vanek has started off extremely hot,” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. “It's not something new. He's a dangerous player, a skilled player. He can make plays, score goals.”

Bylsma said that any reputation Vanek has garnered for merely being a perimeter player is unwarranted.

“He doesn't have the reputation for doing it inside, but he is good at the net,” Bylsma said. “He's a dangerous guy that you have to watch.”

Flower power

Marc-Andre Fleury has played in six of the Penguins' past eight games and might continue seeing a heavier workload.

Fleury played a terrific game in Winnipeg, and given that the Penguins' schedule isn't quite as busy as it was in January, Bylsma might alter his plans and let his starter play more than planned.

“The first two weeks were easy to map out,” said Bylsma, explaining that back-to-back games made splitting responsibilities between Fleury and backup Tomas Vokoun easier.

“Right now, there's a little more flexibility. We've certainly got it mapped out. But you see that Flower has played two really strong games in a row. You do look at that.”

Disco fever

Penguins radio broadcaster Mike Lange asked Bylsma if Craig Adams' two-goal performance in Winnipeg was a “Dan Bylsma” kind of game.

Bylsma's skills as a player were similar to Adams' during the former's playing days, but Bylsma waved off the suggestion.

“Any time somebody gets two goals,” Bylsma said, “it takes a Dan Bylsma game out of the story.”

Josh Yohe is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at jyohe@tribweb.com or via Twitter @JoshYohe_Trib.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Penguins

  1. Penguins not alone in top-heavy approach to salary cap
  2. Penguins trade Sutter to Canucks, sign free agent center Fehr
  3. Sutter: Staal effect felt on 3rd line with Penguins
  4. Reliving the moment a decade ago that shifted the Penguins' history