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Make. A. Save. In these eyes, that's so much what the game is all about. I might tweet that phrase in just that way every once in a while, too. Just to make the point. Robin Lehner likes to chide me that I have too many every-once-in-a-whiles with those three words. Can't help myself. Call me guilty. Maybe it's decades of watching guys do it here. Thinking back to a …

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Rookie Jonas Johansson will get his third career start in goal for the Buffalo Sabres in today's matinee against the Winnipeg Jets, coach Ralph Krueger announced during his briefing less than two hours before the 3:05 faceoff in KeyBank Center. Johansson is 0-1-1 with a 2.78 goals-against average and .889 save percentage since being recalled from Rochester to fill the r…

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Jonas Johansson could not have envisioned that he would realize his dream under such difficult circumstances. After two-plus seasons in the minors, the 24-year-old goalie replaced Carter Hutton with the Buffalo Sabres facing a four-goal deficit in the second period Tuesday night. Two minutes later, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen, two top forwards in the National Ho…

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The Sabres have recalled goaltender Jonas Johansson following the injury to starter Linus Ullmark on Tuesday night. The team announced that Ullmark will miss 3-4 weeks with a lower body injury. Johansson, a 24-year-old who underwent season-ending surgery last February, was selected to the AHL All-Star Classic after posting a .925 save percentage in 20 games with the …

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ROCHESTER – Hours before Americans goalie Jonas Johansson earned his ninth consecutive victory earlier this month, coach Chris Taylor called the Swede into his office and relayed some news. Taylor told Johansson that he had been selected to represent the North Division in the American Hockey League All-Star Classic in Ontario, Calif. “I absolutely had not thought of …

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Jonas Johansson earned his 100th victory in net and his first AHL shutout as Rochester defeated Charlotte, 4-0, Friday night at the Blue Cross Arena. Johansson, a 2014 third-round pick of the Sabres, made 26 saves for the Americans (15-3-2-2). The 24-year-old has been with Rochester for four seasons. This year, he has a 2.10 goals against average and a .924 save perc…

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ROCHESTER – Before winger Victor Olofsson emerged as one of the Buffalo Sabres’ top prospects, their 2014 draft ranked among the worst in franchise history. Other than Olofsson, a rare seventh-round gem, only winger Sam Reinhart, the second overall pick, has paid dividends. In the last five years, the Sabres have traded or let go of six other selections. None of them…

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The goaltending depth in the Buffalo Sabres' farm system took a hit Friday with the announcement that Jonas Johansson underwent successful season-ending surgery. The nature of the surgery was not disclosed in a news release. Johansson, 23, had a .908 save percentage with three shutouts and 18 wins in 27 games for the Cincinnati Cyclones this season. He also appeared …

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The Sabres recalled goaltender Scott Wedgewood from Rochester on Saturday morning, likely to have him serve as backup to Carter Hutton for the game against the Boston Bruins. Linus Ullmark was sick and missed practice Friday. Wedgewood was the backup for the Dec. 8 game against Philadelphia. Hee is 11-6-1 in 20 AHL games this season with a 2.78 goals-against average …

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ROCHESTER – As his first game in more than eight months approached, defenseman Matt Hunwick said he started feeling anxious and experiencing some nerves. Hunwick, 33, has played 621 games as pro, but Tuesday’s contest for the Americans, the start of an American Hockey League conditioning assignment, held special meaning. The Michigan native hadn’t played a game since…

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Longtime Sabres beat writer Bill Hoppe of BuffaloHockeyBeat.com, will be writing about Sabres prospects, the Rochester Americans and related topics this season. ROCHESTER – Goalie Jonas Johansson figured he could earn a recall to the Americans this season. The Sabres' prospect had already played 14 AHL games, including some big matchups down the stretch in March and …

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Right now, the Rochester Americans just want to “get a look” at Buffalo Sabres goalie prospect Jonas Johansson, coach Chris Taylor said. “We’re going to get him up here for a couple of days,” Taylor said. Considering the first-place Amerks have two goalies in Scott Wedgewood and Adam Wilcox, Johansson’s recall from the ECHL Cincinnati Cyclones on Monday was a bit sur…

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Cincinnati goaltender Jonas Johansson has been named ECHL Goaltender of the Week after allowing just one goal in two games. Johansson had a 23-save shutout in a 9-0 win over Greenville and then stopped 30 of 31 shots in a 4-1 win over Ft. Wayne. Johansson is on a four-game winning streak to improve to 5-2-1 and has a 1.51 goals-against avverage and .947 save percentage …

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Swedish goaltender Jonas Johansson and popular Russian forward Vasily Glotov were among 10 players sent by the Rochester Americans to the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL. Here is the list: Forwards (4): Pascal Aquin, Vasily Glotov, Judd Peterson, Alex Wideman Defensemen (4): Tobie Bisson, Anthony Florentino, Eric Knodel, Devante Stephens Goaltenders (2): Jonas …