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Posted On Friday, 10.07.2011 / 4:47 PM

By Corey Masisak -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Ducks-Sabres live blog

Sabres proud of third-period defensive-zone effort

Try as they did, the Anaheim Ducks couldn't break through in the third period and the Buffalo Sabres came away with a 4-1 win at Hartwall Areena.

The Ducks outshot the Sabres 11-0 in the final period, but few of those were "Grade A" chances. Anaheim hit the post twice, but other than one floater through traffic, Ryan Miller was solid in making 29 saves.

After the game, Buffalo captain Jason Pominville and Miller praised the team's effort in its own end, particularly in the third. Thomas Vanek said he might feel that stick in the back he took as he scored the first goal, but those types of hits are worth it when the goal light goes on.

Ducks coach Randy Carlyle felt his team played well at times, but lost the battle on special teams and in front of the nets. Buffalo found a couple of rebounds, but Carlyle also said poor defensive positioning played a role. He didn't fault goalie Jonas Hiller for any of the goals, though he assumed the Swiss netminder would want Pominville's goal back.

It is on to Stockholm for the Ducks now, while the Sabres are off to Berlin. Expect a role reversal for both clubs -- Anaheim will now be the "visiting" team in the home country of Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist when they play the New York Rangers, while Buffalo can expect more support in Germany against the Los Angeles Kings, with Christian Ehrhoff in the lineup.
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Posted On Friday, 10.07.2011 / 2:51 PM

By Corey Masisak -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Ducks-Sabres live blog

2 goals for Vanek put Sabres up 4-1

Anaheim got one goal back on a wrist shot from near the Ducks' bench by defenseman Nate Guenin at 4:32 of the second period. It traveled past a host of bodies before finding the back of the net.

However, new Buffalo captain Jason Pominville restored the Sabres' two-goal lead just 73 seconds later, making it 3-1. He fired a shot from inside the right circle, and while Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller got a piece of the puck, it trickled by him across the line.

Thomas Vanek scored his second power-play goal of the game at 11:59 of the period. Both of his goals have come from about a combined five feet from the net. He and Pominville each have 3 points.

The Ducks were better at times in the second, but Buffalo's power-play prowess and a soft goal from Hiller are the difference to this point.

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Posted On Friday, 10.07.2011 / 1:25 PM

By Corey Masisak -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Ducks-Sabres live blog

Local kid makes good

The Buffalo Sabres grabbed a 2-0 lead midway through the first period. Thomas Vanek put them in front at 4:02 of the opening period. Vanek put the rebound from a Sheldon Brookbank shot past Jonas Hiller after establishing a spot near the edge of the crease.

Finnish native Ville Leino excited what had been mostly a pro-Anaheim crowd by making it a 2-0 game. Leino played for Jokerit, the local team that calls Hartwall Areena home, for one season before coming to the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008-09.

The Ducks had a great first shift from the Teemu Selanne-Saku Koivu-Jason Blake line, but the Sabres took control after killing off an early penalty and were peppering Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller.
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