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Chad Johnson makes diving, desperation save to rob Nikita Kucherov

Buffalo Sabres netminder Chad Johnson made a ridiculous, diving save to rob Tampa Bay Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov of a surefire goal.
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The Buffalo Sabres are still waiting for goaltender Robin Lehner to return to the lineup, but Chad Johnson's Superman impression Tuesday night is going to help ease that pain.

In the second frame of the Sabres' outing against Tampa Bay, Johnson absolutely robbed Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov. After the puck was curled around the net by Alex Killorn and Kucherov found himself open to the side of the net, Johnson dove back in front, reached out and snagged Kucherov's shot with his glove:

The stop helped keep the contest 2-1 for the Sabres through the the second period and was one of 17 stops Johnson had made on the night. Heading into the contest, Johnson had a 3-6-0 record, 2.94 goals-against average and .886 save percentage.

The Lightning had struggled of late, losing six of their last eight games. So far this season, Kucherov has five goals and eight points.

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