MANNHEIM, GERMANY - OCTOBER 04: Thomas Vanek of Buffalo celebrates with Christian Ehrhoff and other team mates after scoring a goal during the NHL Pre-Season match between Buffalo Sabres and Adler Mannheim at SAP Arena on October 4, 2011 in Mannheim, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Ducks Vs. Sabres: Buffalo Dominant In 4-1 Win

The Buffalo Sabres easily handled the Anaheim Ducks on Friday, 4-1.

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Ducks Vs. Sabres Final Score: Thomas Vanek Scores Two In 4-1 Buffalo Win

Thomas Vanek scored the first and last goals of the game, providing the book-ends to a 4-1 Buffalo Sabres win over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday in Helsinki. Vanek did his damage on the power play, giving the Sabres the lead in the first period, then putting the game out of reach in the second as his team rolled to a season-opening win.

The action was fast and furious in the first two periods, with all five goals scored in the first 40 minutes of the game. Vanek's power play goal came just over four minutes in, and Ville Leino made it a 2-0 lead just four minutes later. The score held and the Sabres had a two-goal advantage heading into the second frame.

Nate Guenin got one back for the Ducks, scoring first in the second period. But it was as close as Anaheim would get as Buffalo scored the final two goals of the game -- both in the second period -- to secure the 4-1 win.

For more on this game and the two teams involved, head over to Die By The Blade, for Buffalo Sabres coverage, and Anaheim Calling, for Ducks' coverage. Be sure to check out our NHL hub, as well.

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