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Local kid makes good

Friday, 10.07.2011 / 1:25 PM

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

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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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He's only 17 but he can see the ice so well and he moves the puck and goes to the open ice all the time, so I just think he's a player that is ready to play in the NHL. I'm really looking forward to coaching someone like this.

— U.S. National Junior Team coach Ron Wilson on Auston Matthews, the projected No. 1 pick of the 2016 NHL Draft