A nine-month layoff, courtesy of the NHL lockout, wasn't long enough to disrupt the chemistry between the Buffalo Sabres' top two linemates, Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville.
Vanek scored twice and added three assists, and Pominville had three assists in leading the Sabres to a 5-2 season-opening win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday afternoon.
''Ah, they spent a lot of years playing together. You go all the way back to their days in Rochester,'' coach Lindy Ruff said, referring to the two playing together in the American Hockey League 2004-05 season. ''Those two guys are a little bit like glue.''
They sure stuck it to the Flyers as the Sabres scored the game's final four goals -- the last three coming in the final five minutes.
''Good linemates,'' Vanek said of his career-best outing. ''And a little bit lucky at the same time.''
He became the first Sabres player with five points in a game since Drew Stafford had three goals and two assists in January 2008.
Vanek tied it...