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Sabres open in Finland with 4-1 win over Ducks

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

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. Newcomer Ville Leino then made it 2-0.

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 in the same period. Pominville also finished with two assists, as did Luke Adam.

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