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Sharpen Up: September 26, 2019

All the Sabres news you need to know on Thursday

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

Marcus Johansson's second preseason game as a member of the Buffalo Sabres ended on a pretty positive note. The forward scored the winner 1:36 into overtime last night to give the Sabres a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets at KeyBank Center.

Johansson, Victor Olofsson, Sam Reinhart and Tage Thompson were the goal scorers for Buffalo. Carter Hutton made 22 saves in goal.

The Sabres will host an open practice today at LECOM Harborcenter starting at 11 a.m. today.

Buffalo's final preseason game will be played on Saturday against Pittsburgh. You can watch the AT&T Sports feed of the game on MSG starting at 4 p.m. Dan Dunleavy and Rob Ray will have the radio call on WGR 550.

Here's what you need to know.

About last night

Video: Johansson nets OT winner as Sabres down Blue Jackets

From our game recap…

Marcus Johansson stared down Jeff Skinner until he felt he could no longer wait. 

The only thing standing between Skinner and Johansson, who had just forced a turnover at the offensive blue line, was the outstretched stick of Columbus Blue Jackets forward Alexander Wennberg. He considered making the pass as he slowly drifted toward the net.

"I kind of wanted to throw it over there, but I knew they were tired, I knew there was a forward playing defenseman," Johansson said. "After a while, it felt like I couldn't wait anymore. It was good to see it go in."

Video: CBJ@BUF: Johansson nets game-winner in overtime

Video: Johansson chats with Dan on the broadcast 

Video: Victor Olofsson Postgame (9/25/19)

Video: Tage Thompson Postgame (9/25/19) 

Video: Ralph Krueger Postgame (9/25/19) 

Johansson buried a shot from in tight to clinch a 4-3, overtime victory for the Sabres inside KeyBank Center on Wednesday. The goal marked a positive conclusion to the veteran's second preseason outing, one in which he felt he made some strides while still leaving room for improvement. 

He felt similarly about the team's performance. 

"I don't think we came out and played the right way that we wanted to," he said. "We were on our heels a bit. We weren't quite there. We came in and talked about it after the first period, and we played a lot better after that, played the way we wanted to. We're a lot tougher to play against when we do that."

Read the full recap here. 

McCabe out for remainder of preseason

An injury update from yesterday:

Jake McCabe will miss the remainder of the preseason due to an upper-body injury, the Sabres announced Wednesday morning. 

McCabe is expected to be available for the start of the regular season.

Read more here.

My One Buffalo is now the official Sabres app 

Some official details…

The brand new My One Buffalo app is now available for download in the Apple App Store and Google Play. The new version of the app expands team content with both Bills and Sabres videos, news, stats, scores and the ability to stream live Bills games in-market. 

Download from the Apple App Store

Download from Google Play  

The new app allows fans to continue to manage their tickets, find information about New Era Field and KeyBank Center, and sign up for the My One Buffalo membership program that includes exclusive offers and discounts across all Pegula-owned properties in Buffalo.

Beginning October 1, the older version of the My One Buffalo app will no longer be active, and the new version will need to be downloaded for ticket management.

The stand-alone Sabres app is no longer available, and all of its features have been migrated to the new My One Buffalo app including content, team news, stats, and scores. Hockey fans can also access Sabres scores, information, and on the Sabres dedicated page within the NHL app.

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