Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 3/5/12
Puck drop was 7:05, NOT 7:10! The Buffalo Sabres broke out to an early lead on Saturday, taking advantage of a pair of point shots to allow Ville Leino to snap home his fifth and sixth of the season only minutes into the hockey game. The Vancouver Canucks couldn’t keep the puck out of their own end in the first five minutes on Saturday, resulting in long night on the bench for Roberto Luongo. The Hat Trick Leino Leads the Charge Ville Leino took advantage of a pair of early opportunities on Saturday, firing two first period goals past Roberto Luongo in an ugly first five minutes for the reigning Olympic Gold Medal winner. The Sabres shot out to an early lead on the strength of a pair of tallies from Leino, lulling the Canucks and the crowd into a trance before Brad Boyes snapped another past the home starter. Buffalo’s third goal of the period initially went undetected by players and officials, but was later confirmed after the puck was declared to have crossed the goal line minutes
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