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.
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.
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.
— Juho Manninen (@Manninen7) March 18, 2017
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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