OTTAWA (AP) -- Thomas Vanek scored three goals to offset Denis
Hamel's natural hat trick for Ottawa as the Buffalo Sabres beat the
Senators 4-3 on Friday night in an exhibition game.
Hamel, a 29-year-old left wing battling for a roster spot with
the Senators after leading the AHL in goals last season with 56,
scored three straight times in a 3:22 span of the second period. He
began the run with an even-strength goal, added a power-play score
and finished the hat trick with a short-handed goal.
Chris Drury pulled Buffalo (2-1-0) even with a power-play goal
in the third, and Vanek completed the scoring on a power play with
Ottawa dropped to 1-2-0 in exhibition play.
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