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Inside The Game: Flames vs. Sabres

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames


CALGARY, AB -- Paul Byron has had a flair for the heroics.

A game after setting up Chris Butler’s overtime winner over the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday, Byron set up Matt Stajan 42 seconds into overtime to lift the Calgary Flames to a 2-1 victory against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.

Zipping through the Buffalo zone, Byron dropped a pass to Matt Stajan, who fired his sixth of the season by Jhonas Enroth to give the Flames their second consecutive 2-1 overtime win and their fifth victory in their past seven games.

Byron's first goal of the year forced overtime.

Trailing 1-0 after Matt Moulson staked the Sabres to a 1-0 lead 5:40 into the third, Butler circled with the puck behind the net and fed Byron to tie the game at 8:19.

Neither team scored through the first 40 minutes of the game, but the Flames did find the back of the net.

With a delayed penalty coming to Markus Foligno, Karri Ramo left the goal in favour of an extra attacker. The play worked its way up ice and Mike Cammalleri slid a shot under the pad of Enroth with just 17.9 seconds remaining in the period.

But the goal was waived off, however, because two players, not one, jumped on the ice to replace Ramo, giving the Flames too many skaters on the ice.

Neither team had success putting the puck across the goal line in the second period, either.

After five shots in the first, the Flames peppered Enroth with 13 in the second period but couldn’t solve the Sabres goaltender. Buffalo did manage to sneak one puck behind Ramo, but Tyler Myers found the crossbar with his offering, leaving the game scoreless after two periods


A pair of former Sabres connected when Butler skated the puck out from behind the net, spotting Byron off to the side for his first of the season to tie the game 1-1 at 8:19 of the third period.


Just seconds shy of the three-minute mark in the second period, Ramo flashed his pad on Girgensons’ one-timer in his bid to keep the game scoreless through 40 minutes.


Circling with the puck in the Sabres end, Byron dropped a pass to Stajan, who ended the game just 42 seconds into overtime.


Four of Byron’s five points this season have come in the past two games, including setting up consecutive OT winners.


Blair Jones, TJ Galiardi and Christopher Breen were scratched against the Sabres. Dennis Wideman (hand) missed the game due to injury.


The Flames continue with their second of a five-game road trip on Sunday to challenge the New York Rangers (5 p.m. MT, SNET-FLAMES).

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