DENVER – Chad Johnson knew he’d spend time competing with Robin Lehner for playing time. Because of Lehner’s ankle injury, the competition didn’t start until the fourth month of the season.
But it’s on now.
Johnson has backstopped the Sabres to two straight victories, stopping 59 of 61 shots. The run has coincided with Lehner’s return from injury.
“I want to play as much as possible and contribute and be a factor for this team and this organization,” Johnson said. “My mindset coming in right away was to play with Robin, compete with him and push each other and make each other better and help this team.”
After making 26 saves during Monday’s 2-1 victory in Arizona, Johnson improved his numbers to 12-12-2 with a .920 save percentage and 2.36 goals-against average.
“I feel good all year,” he said. “It comes down to results. As much as performance is one thing, results is another. We’re getting good results. I’m getting good results. It’s fun.”
Lehner is scheduled to get his third start of the season Wednesday when the Sabres visit the Colorado Avalanche.