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Vanek having an impact on teammates

Updated: February 5, 2009, 3:33 PM ET
By John Pereira, Special to ESPN.com

Thomas Vanek is proving that he is worth every last penny that the Buffalo Sabres paid two summers ago to keep him in town. Despite a long cross-country flight following a game in Anaheim, Vanek and the Sabres didn't look like they were travel weary on Wednesday. The Austrian sniper picked up a natural hat trick in a 5-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Vanek remained humble after what was one of his better games this season. "We knew we were maybe physically not in top shape, ...

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