Sabres LW Vanek game-time decision vs Boston

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Injured Sabres left wing Thomas Vanek skated for about 45 minutes on 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 on Friday, talk to coach Lindy Ruff, and make a decision about whether to play in Game 5 at home on Friday night against the Boston Bruins.

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.