Rasmus Ristolainen makes most out of first NHL shootout attempt (Video)

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The Buffalo Sabres beat the Anaheim Ducks 2-1 after a ten-round shootout Friday night. The lasting memory of that won’t be Anders Nilsson’s great performance between the pipes, but instead will be the game-deciding shootout goal.

The goal came off the stick of Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen, who channeled his inner Kent Nilsson for a silky smooth finish.

“I definitely didn’t see that coming,” Zemgus Girgensons told the Sabres’ postgame show. “I know he can do that, but didn’t think he was going to do it in the game.”

Ristolainen has played 266 NHL games and that was his first career shootout attempt. That’s one heck of a way to make an impression.

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But some can say that they saw this coming from the young Finn. Ristolainen is a man of his word, as Finnish show “NHL Without a Map” caught last summer.

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma is probably relieved he now has another option on the bench when choosing his lineup for the shootout.

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