NEW YORK (Reuters) - Buffalo Sabres wing Thomas Vanek scored twice in his team's 6-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday, but is expected to miss considerable time after sustaining an upper body injury during the game.
Vanek scored twice in the second period as the Sabres routed last year's Stanley Cup finalists to improve to 3-0-1 to start the new season.
Vanek fell awkwardly and slid into the boards after his second goal at 12:46 in the second period, sending him to the locker room.
"Thomas is going to miss some time," Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff told reporters. "(He'll be out) weeks. It's tough, but we have extra players and every team deals with injuries."
The 25-year-old Vanek is a major contributor to the Buffalo offense and recorded 40 goals and 24 assists last season, the second 40-goal season of his career.
Drew Stafford opened the scoring for the home team at 12:36 in the first period but Detroit's Valtteri Filppula tied the score at 1-1 three minutes later.
The Sabres then broke the game open with four goals in the second period, Patrick Kaleta and Clarke MacArthur lighting the lamp in addition to Vanek's double.
Paul Gaustad added Buffalo's final tally with a tip-in at 4:28 in the third before Tomas Holmstrom added a consolation goal for the Wings.
"I'm happy with the way the boys are playing," said Sabres netminder Ryan Miller, who finished with 23 saves. "I'm getting a lot of great support all over the ice."
Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood was pulled in the second after allowing five goals. Detroit fell to 2-3-0 on the year.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford)