Quick Hits: Flames 4, Sabres 3 (OT)

‘The home team has won 17 of the last 19 meetings in the series.’

Grant seizes opporutnity with Sabres

‘”It’s always exciting and always fun to play against some of your friends and beat them all over the ice,” he said.’

Wednesday’s Calgary Coverage

Flames notch first win of season, downing Sabres 4-3 (Calgary Herald)
Photo gallery (Calgary Herald)
Rookie Matthew Tkachuk contributes to Flames win with highlight-reel goal, timely hits (Calgary Sun)
Monahan’s overtime tally gives Flames win over Sabres (CalgaryFlames.com)
Johnson’s Saddledome debut one to remember (CalgaryFlames.com)
Grant seizes opporutnity with Sabres (CalgaryFlames.com)
Photo gallery (CalgaryFlames.com)
Photo gallery (Sabres.com)

Monahan has overtime winner for Flames as Calgary earns first win of season

‘”I don’t think there’s many positives to take at all,” said O’Reilly. “Our compete level, our execution was just embarrassing. That’s not the way we want to be. We want to be a consistent team. We have to be a lot better.”‘

Monahan’s OT goal lifts Flames past Sabres

‘”We’ve got to play better,” Lehner said. “We got away from our game plan a little bit. To be fair, Calgary kept going. I think we gave them a little bit too much.”‘

Flames Prevail Over Sabres 4-3 in OT

‘Chad Johnson, playing against his former team for the first time, allowed 2 goals on 8 shots to start the game. Johnson finished with 18 saves. Robin Lehner made 30 saves on 34 shots.’

From the Locker Room: Sabres-Flames

‘”Has to be a call there. [Monahan] hits [Reinhart] from behind. It’s fairly clear. We get judged day by day, I think it was a terrible ref performance today. Terrible. Absolutely terrible.”‘

5 Observations: Sabres fall 4-3 in OT to Flames

‘As overtime was drawing to an end Sabres forward Sam Reinhart had the puck behind Buffalo’s net. After maintaining possession for a few seconds, he was plastered into the boards, losing possession of the puck. Ten seconds later, Flames forward Sean Monahan found the back of the net on a perfect pass from Johnny Gaudreau, securing the win for Calgary. After the game Sabres goalie Robin Lehner told reporters that a penalty absolutely should have been called on the Reinhart hit.’

Flames defeat Sabres in overtime

‘”I don’t think there’s many positives to take at all,” O’Reilly said. “Our compete level, our execution, was just embarrassing. That’s not the way we want to be. We want to be a consistent team. We have to be a lot better.”‘

Sabres fall to Flames in OT

‘”It’s definitely the feeling in this room is we expect to win every night,” said Marcus Foligno, who scored in the third period. “Tonight’s a frustrating game. We have two leads and to blow them or just to give them up, it’s tough. It’s the way the game goes but it’s the mentality of this dressing room that we always have to keep pushing.”‘

Wednesday’s Rochester Coverage

Amerks Weekend Round-Up (Amerks.com)

Checking line brings offense to Sabres

‘Gionta had his first two goals of the season while Foligno and Larsson both had an assist. The three players were plus-4 in the game and combined with the line centered by Ryan O’Reilly to hold McDavid to one shot on goal in the game.’

Reunion in Calgary as Chad Johnson will start for Flames

‘”I felt good,” Johnson told Calgary reporters after practice here Tuesday morning. “I think I was prepared coming into the year, my focus was where it needed to be. As a group, we got better and played a better game there even though we obviously didn’t get what we wanted out of it with an extra point.”‘

Former Sabres goalie Chad Johnson happy with Flames

‘“You talk to other teams and (learn how) highly different teams feel about you,” Johnson told the Times Herald by phone Monday. “It was a tough decision. It came down to the very end.”’

Johnson eager to face his former team

‘”Good memories, good experiences there.”‘