Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/15/13
Drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in 2007 and traded to the Calgary Flames for Robyn Regehr, Ales Kotalik, and a draft pick back in 2011, Paul Byron had several reasons for some inspired play on Saturday afternoon against his former team. And, as a result, his current team reaped the benefits. The undersized pivot who was called up on Nov. 28 in the wave of a massive string of injuries wound up being one of the stars of the afternoon matinee at snowy downtown Buffalo’s First Niagara Center, scoring a third-period marker to tie the game 1-1 and setting up Matt Stajan’s game-winning goal 42 seconds in overtime. “I was really excited to come here in Buffalo,” said the 24-year-old Ottawa native who was rewarded with 14:20 of ice time, including 2:30 on the penalty kill. “This is a team that drafted me and I played two years in their organization. I was really excited for this game and to show my appreciation for what this organization. “I just try to make the most of every opportunity. It started with the penalty kill and gradually got more ice time. Just trying to take every minute I get out there and use it to my advantage.” Thanks to another overtime victory --- a 2-1 decision with acting general manager Brian Burke watching from his perch above --- Calgary won its second game in a row. It was also the Flames’ second since Burke axed general manager Jay Feaster and assistant general manager John Weisbrod on Thursday. They’re 13-15-4 and are 6-4-0 in their past 10 games. But, also, they started a five-game road trip on a positive note. “It’s great,” said head coach Bob Hartley. “That was our plan. We flew in (Friday), we didn’t skate this morning because of the 2 p.m. (local) game. I’m not pleased with the start, I’m not pleased with the game, but I’m pleased with the result. That’s what we wanted.
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