Reporting from Calgary, Canada — The celebratory homecoming for one Finn could not have gone better or more smoothly.
Not only did he score a goal but his team emerged with a one-sided victory in its NHL opener Friday in Helsinki, Finland.
It was Ville Leino and the Buffalo Sabres doing the scoring and the winning, not national hero Teemu Selanne and the Ducks. Buffalo, behind three power-play goals, defeated the Ducks, 4-1, at Hartwall Arena. Thomas Vanek led the Sabres with two goals and an assist.
This was the arena with a big mural on the outside of Selanne, the favorite son of Finland, who, at age 41, was returning home to play an NHL regular-season game for the first time.