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

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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.”‘

Tuesday’s Calgary Coverage

Calgary Flames Game Day: Buffalo Sabres expected to face goalie Chad Johnson (Calgary Herald)
Game Day: Calgary Flames vs. Buffalo Sabres (Calgary Sun)
Johnson ready for old team as Flames host Sabres (AP)
Gameday #4: Buffalo Sabres vs. Calgary Flames (Sportsnet)
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Sabres focusing on themselves ahead of Calgary

‘Kulikov believes, “we have three equal pairings no matter who we play against, what lines or no matter who’s going to play with one another. “I think we’re all a very capable group, we can shut down the top lines and the minutes are divided by pairs equally and I think it’s good in a way that everybody’s getting their shifts in and everybody’s staying in the game.” He was also on the ice for 1:16 of the team’s penalty kill in the third period.’

O’Reilly stepping up for Sabres early in season

‘“We needed a good response from our last game,” O’Reilly told reporters after Sunday’s win. “I thought we were much more consistent tonight and you know, we just supported each other better and we made plays. That’s the hockey we have to establish right away. It’s a big road trip and it’s nice to start off like that.”’

Reunited checking line reclaiming shutdown role

‘ “It felt normal, it felt comfortable again,” Foligno said of the three reuniting against Montreal. “We just know how to read off each other, and I think you saw that last night too against Edmonton. We had really good chemistry out there, smart breakout plays and yeah, we’re just happy to be back on a line again.”‘

Okposo’s debut is a key to solid Sabres win

‘”Seeing him in practice ever since he got here, that’s a great pickup for our team,” said goalie Robin Lehner, who made 31 saves in a mostly solid effort. “He gives us offense for sure but you just see how he makes the right play. When he’s out there, he brings a certain calm to me as a goalie because you know he’s going to do things right all over the ice.”‘

Irate Oilers coach McLellan on loss to Sabres: ‘We looked like the Bad News Bears’

‘For his part, McLellan was particularly irate with two penalties taken late in the first period by forward Benoit Pouliot. So irate that Pouliot didn’t play the last 40 minutes. Said McLellan: “We have some foundation or fabric things that we have to continue to fix as an organization. Stupidity is one of them. So don’t play. Watch.”‘