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Vanek skates, but still hurting

4/22/2010 - NHL Thomas Vanek Buffalo Sabres + more

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Injured Sabres left wing Thomas Vanek skated for about 45 minutes Thursday and said his left foot was feeling better.

Still, Vanek was favoring his injured foot when he walked into the locker room after the workout. He said he would skate again Friday, talk to coach Lindy Ruff and make a decision about whether to play in Game 5 at home Friday night against the Boston Bruins.

"It's frustrating," Vanek said. "Obviously, you'd like to be out there and help. But we're a good enough team, even if I'm not out there. I don't think that makes the difference."

Vanek, Buffalo's top goal scorer, was injured after he was hooked and slashed by Boston defenseman Johnny Boychuk in the opening period of Game 2. Vanek slid hard into the end boards and had difficulty putting weight on the injured foot.

The Bruins lead the Stanley Cup playoff series 3-1 after Wednesday night's 3-2 win in double overtime in Boston. Vanek did not play.