Thomas Vanek has a point in every game so far. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres’ Thomas Vanek named NHL’s third star for January

BUFFALO – Thomas Vanek’s scorching start to the lockout-shortened season – six goals and a league-high 15 points through only six games – has earned the slick Sabres winger the NHL’s third star for January.

Vanek’s coming off a dazzling three-goal, five point performance Thursday in the Sabres’ 7-4 win in Boston, his second five-point game this season. The Austrian had two goals and three assists opening day.

Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson, who’s 5-0-1 with a 0.99 goals-against average and .a 967 save percentage, was named the first star.

San Jose winger Patrick Marleau’s NHL-high nine goals and 14 points earned him the second star.

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