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Sabres 4, Ducks 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Sabres 4, Ducks 1
Anaheim Ducks 1, Buffalo Sabres 4
Three Stars of the Game
Thomas Vanek
1st
Thomas Vanek
LW
G: 2Shots: 9
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:01
Jason Pominville
2nd
Jason Pominville
RW
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 2Hits: 2
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 15:45
Ryan Miller
3rd
Ryan Miller
G
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 22-23
PIM: 0PP: 6-6
SV%: .967SH: 1-1

HELSINKI (AP) - Thomas Vanek scored two power-play goals, leading the Buffalo Sabres past the Anaheim Ducks 4-1 in their NHL opener Friday.

Vanek, the top goal-scorer for Buffalo the last five seasons, set the tone with his first goal at 4:02 in the first period. Ville Leino of Finland, playing in his former home stadium, then made it 2-0 on his debut for the Sabres.

Nate Guenin replied for Anaheim in the second period, but Vanek helped restore the Sabres' two-goal lead by setting up Jason Pominville.

Vanek then scored his second of the night later in the period. Pominville also had two assists, as did Luke Adam.

"The puck was bouncing for us a bit tonight and we played a good first period with the two-goal lead," Vanek said. "We tried to get pucks to the net and it paid off early on."

Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff was happy with the way Leino played on a line with Brad Boyes and Tyler Ennis.

"Leino did a heck of a play, taking the puck from his own skates before scoring," Ruff said.

Doing so in his first game for a new club was nothing new for Leino, who dominated the ice for Finnish team Jokerit in the same arena before leaving for the NHL.

"I have done it for every team where I've played, and was lucky to do it again," Leino said. "It was cool to do it here in Finland."

Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle felt his team had allowed Buffalo an easy game.

"We did not do a very good job of transferring the puck from our defense to the forwards, and had to spend the first half of the game too much in our own end," he said.

"We played more as individuals in parts of the game versus a team."

Anaheim hit the post twice in the last period on shots by Francois Beauchemin and Luka Sbisa.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:02
BUF
PPG - Thomas Vanek (1) ASST: Luke Adam (1), Jason Pominville (1)
1 - 0 BUF
08:30
BUF
Ville Leino (1) ASST: Andrej Sekera (1), Brad Boyes (1)
2 - 0 BUF
2nd Period
04:32
ANA
Nate Guenin (1) ASST: Maxime Macenauer (1)
2 - 1 BUF
05:45
BUF
Jason Pominville (1) ASST: Thomas Vanek (1), Luke Adam (2)
3 - 1 BUF
11:59
BUF
PPG - Thomas Vanek (2) ASST: Christian Ehrhoff (1), Jason Pominville (2)
4 - 1 BUF
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
01:08
BUF
Paul Gaustad  Interference against  Lubomir Visnovsky
02:21
ANA
Saku Koivu  Hooking against  Tyler Myers
10:36
ANA
Corey Perry  Tripping against  Jason Pominville
13:18
BUF
Robyn Regehr  Interference against  Corey Perry
18:37
BUF
Robyn Regehr  Boarding against  George Parros
18:37
ANA
George Parros  Roughing against  Robyn Regehr
2nd Period
09:56
BUF
Drew Stafford  Roughing against  Saku Koivu
09:56
ANA
Saku Koivu  Roughing against  Drew Stafford
11:21
ANA
Andrew Cogliano  Tripping against  Andrej Sekera
17:01
ANA
Nate Guenin  Interference against  Patrick Kaleta
3rd Period
04:09
BUF
Derek Roy  Hooking against  Teemu Selanne
05:25
BUF
Christian Ehrhoff  Slashing against  Teemu Selanne
13:27
BUF
Christian Ehrhoff  Cross checking against  George Parros
goalie stats
Jonas Hiller
Jonas Hiller
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 21EV: 14 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 9
SV%: .840SH: 0 - 0
Ryan Miller
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 22 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .967SH: 1 - 1