With five minutes left in the third period and a shutout in tow, it looked like Detroit Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek was going to be the story of Monday night's Red Wings-Sabres tilt. Instead, the Sabres rushed back to score two goals in 1:01 late in the third and goalie Chad Johnson was then left to face a barrage of shots with the Wings' net empty.
With 20 seconds left in regulation, Johnson became the story of the night.
Johnson lunged across the blue paint without his stick to stop what seemed like a sure-fire Gustav Nyquist goal and protect the Sabres 2-1 lead. It was the very definition of a “game saver” and should enter the discussion of “save of the year” to date.
Johnson, the Sabres backup keeper, made 32 saves on the night and was named the game’s first star.
-- Joshua Kloke