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Hardships? That's so last year for Sabres' Vanek

Updated: April 26, 2007, 2:23 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

BUFFALO -- The temptation in dissecting the Buffalo Sabres' impressive, at times mesmerizing, 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers in the opening game of their second-round series is to chalk it all up to speed and skill.

There was plenty of that on display as the Sabres put on a clinic in puck movement and creativity in handing the Rangers their first loss of the postseason.

But the underlying theme of this victory is one of accountability. The idea that, regardless of how ...

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