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Outstanding outings help Sabres' goalies save face

VANCOUVER – Going back to Dec. 23, the Sabres' net was a go-to zone for the opponent. It was an 11-game onslaught that had Robin Lehner and Chad Johnson grasping at air and debating whether to change their equipment, styles and routines.

So as much as anyone in the dressing room, the goaltenders are relishing the fun of the last two games.

Johnson stopped 32 of 33 shots during Monday's 2-1 overtime victory in Calgary, his hometown. Lehner was a perfect 33 for 33 in Tuesday's 5-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

"I want to be successful here as everyone else," Lehner said. "It's not about one guy or two guys or three guys. When we all show up, all 20 of us, we're a good hockey team. It makes the job easier for everyone. That's what happened the last two games, and these are the results you get."

The combined .985 save percentage the past two games is a welcome relief from the dismal numbers that preceded the run. Since losing to Carolina on Dec. 23, Johnson had allowed 14 goals on 109 shots for a .871 save percentage, and Lehner had allowed 28 goals on 228 shots for a .877 save percentage.

The combined .875 save percentage wasn't all their fault, but they certainly felt the brunt of it. They're appreciative of the help.

"Everybody contributed," Johnson said. "It wasn't really one guy. I made saves. Guys blocked shots. Everybody contributed, and that's what you need."

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