Game Recap: Sabres Cruise to Victory in Helsinki

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The Sabres took a 2-0 lead into the 1st intermission, and from there, they never looked back.

Ville Leino scored a goal in his debut with the Sabres, and was credited with the game-winning goal, as well. Thomas Vanek had two goals along with his three points, while Jason Pominville also potted a goal and two assists. Luke Adam had two assists, as well.

From the faceoff, it looked as though the Ducks would be all over the Sabres all game. However, it was the Sabres who got on the board first with a big rebound goal from Thomas Vanek.  Four-and-a-half minutes later, Ville Leino chipped in what would end up being the game winner.

Shortly after the second period started, the Ducks got on the board.  Straight off of a face-off win, Nate Guenin fired a shot from the right-side point, just squirting by Ryan Miller’s blocker side arm. The goal was Guenin’s first in the NHL.

From there, the Sabres kept the Ducks off the score sheet.  Jason Pominville scored his first goal of the season on a nice play where Pominville was just in the right place at the right time.  Thomas Vanek got the puck through Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller’s legs, but it took a wacky bounce right to the stick of Jason Pominville, who hammered it home to make it 3-1 Sabres.

Thomas Vanek got credit for the fourth Sabres goal, but he was just the last Sabres player to touch the puck on the play.  Jonas Hiller made the initial save in front of the net on Vanek, but the puck hit the backhand side of Ducks defensman Cam Fowler’s stick, who fired it in to his on net beside the right pad of Hiller, making it 4-1 Sabres.

Ryan Miller had a solid game, stopping 29 of the 30 shots he faced. The Sabres were 2-for-4 on the powerplay while they held the Ducks powerplay off the score sheet. The Ducks ended up outshooting the Sabres 30-25, but that’s because the Sabres didn’t even bother trying to generate any scoring chances in the 3rd period, already being up 4-1. The Sabres had no shots on goal in the 3rd period, while the Ducks 11.

All-in-all, it was a solid performance out of the Sabres, getting production from most of their money-making players. The Sabres play their next game tomorrow at 2:00 PM Eastern time against the L.A. Kings in Berlin, Germany as part of the NHL’s Premiere Series in Europe.


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