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Seeking comfort, Sabres' Lehner goes back to old goalie gear

The Robin Lehner who starts for the Sabres on Tuesday will look different from the Lehner who was in net for the season opener in KeyBank Center.

More specifically, his equipment is different.

Lehner has gone back to the pads, glove and blocker made by Vaughn. He opened the season with new gear from Brian’s.

"Brian is a great company," Lehner said. "I couldn't say anything bad, just top people.

"But I've been with Vaughn for six, seven years. They just don't feel like anything. I just feel like me. I had to go back to them and do what's best for me and the team.

"Like a player changing a stick, you've got to go back and do what you're comfortable with."

Lehner used the Brian’s gear in his first two starts, a 3-2 shootout loss to Montreal and a 6-3 loss to the New York Islanders in which he lasted only 27 minutes. He stopped 50 of 56 shots (.893 save percentage) in the Brian’s gear.

Robin Lehner tried colorful Brian’s equipment at the start of the season. (Getty Images)

Heading into Tuesday's start against Detroit, he had stopped 85 of 95 (.895) in his Vaughn equipment.

Coach Phil Housley says the goalies' stats don't reflect their contributions. Chad Johnson has a .881 save percentage.

"They’ve given us a chance to win, and even saying that, we’ve been chasing some games, they’ve kept it at a good number where we’ve been able to get back in the game,” Housley said. “They’ve been providing us great goaltending."

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