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)
Preview: Sabres at Flames (
Johnson eager to face his former team (
Preview – Flames vs. Sabres (

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.”‘

Sabres Notebook: New arena at forefront of Edmonton district

‘The 18,500-seat building is the centerpeice of a downtown revitalization project known as the Ice District. Already open and connected to the arena are the Rogers Community Rink, which both the Sabres and Edmonton Oilers used for practice on Saturday, and the 60,000 square-foot Gran Villa Casino. That $32 million project opened last month to join the arena as part of the first phase of the downtown development.’

Quick Hits: Sabres 6, Oilers 2

‘O’Reilly snapped a 2-2 tie at 3:53 of the second period by bouncing a 110-foot flip shot from just behind the center red line past a surprised Edmonton goalie Cam Talbot. He had previously scored a power-play goal at 7:14 of the first on an Okposo feed to give the Sabres a 2-0 lead. Buffalo coughed up that lead but responded to adversity to pull away and even its record at 1-1.’

Big wins from Bills and Sabres give Buffalo sports fans a rare day

‘For the last time the Bills and Sabres each scored that many points on the same day, you have to go all the way back to Nov. 23, 1975, per an analysis of data on the Pro Football Reference and Hockey Reference websites.’

Monday’s Edmonton Coverage

Oilers offence, defence struggle in 6-2 loss to Sabres (Edmonton Journal)
From the goalie on out, a terrible Oilers performance (Edmonton Journal)
Sabres stave off Oilers comeback with long shot (Edmonton Sun)
Head coach Todd McLellan blasts Oilers for ‘Bad News Bears’ quality of play (Edmonton Sun)
Old habits haunt new Oilers in ‘deserved’ loss (Sportsnet)
Recap: Sabres 6, Oilers 2 (
Photo gallery (
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Ryan O’Reilly’s four points helps Sabres beat Oilers for first win of season

‘”He (O’Reilly) might not get as much recognition as he should, but he’s such a heady player,” said Okposo, who had a goal and an assist in his Sabres debut. “He’s such a smart player, you can see it when you play against him and just playing with him, he makes so many little plays, never puts you in a bad spot, he’s an easy guy to play with.”‘

O’Reilly’s red-line goal sparks Sabres’ win over Oilers

‘At the 3:53 mark of the middle period, O’Reilly lofted a puck from center ice toward the Oilers goal. It bounced left. It bounced right. And it skipped right through goalie Cam Talbot.’