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Ville Leino Scores Shootout-Winner to Clinch April Fool’s Day Win for Buffalo Sabres

April 1st, 2014 at 10:14 PM
By Anthony Custode Jr

No, this is not a practical joke, Ville Leino scored the deciding goal in the shootout for the Buffalo Sabres to beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2.

'Tyler Ennis' photo (c) 2011, grilled cheese - license:

Unfortunately for Leino, the goal doesn't count toward his stats, so technically he has zero goals on the year. Nevertheless, the Sabres earn the victory in a hard-fought game, making it that much tougher for the Devils to creep into the playoffs.

The Sabres entered the third period down 1-0 until Tyler Ennis scored twice in the third period to give Buffalo lead. Ennis' tallies would give him a career-high 21 goals on the season. Buffalo's lead wouldn't last very long as the Devils tied it up later in the frame. Neither team would score in the overtime period, and a shootout would commence.

Ennis opened the shootout with a goal, but the Devils would answer on the very next shooter. The shootout would last nine rounds, and would end on a Nathan Lieuwen save on Mike Sislo.

The win will be Lieuwen's first of his NHL career. New Jersey has lost all of their shootout games this season. Buffalo will be in action next Thursday, when they head to St. Louis to play Ryan Miller, Steve Ott and the Blues. 

Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL

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