From the Locker Room: Sabres-Avalanche

October 11, 2018

The Buffalo Sabres fell to 2-2 on their season-opening homestand after losing 6-1 at the hands of the Colorado Avalanche.  The Sabres were behind the eight ball early, digging themselves a 3-0 hole after 20 minutes that they were never able to climb out of.  The bright spot of the night, though, was first-overall draft pick Rasmus Dahlin tallying his first point in the NHL; an assist on the lone goal by Nathan Beaulieu.

Let's go inside the locker room to hear from Kyle Okposo, Beaulieu, Carter Hutton and Phil Housley following the loss.


Kyle Okposo:

Blame for the effort: "That's on all of us.  It's something we need to avoid in the future."

Lack of engagement: "We weren't engaged early; they were.  We weren't making passes, iced the puck a bunch.  Just flat out not prepared."

Play like you practice: "I didn't like our practice yesterday, and it translated into that first period.  All year we've been really dialed in and ready to go.  We've been focused; knowing what we had to do.  That wasn't the case tonight."



Nathan Beaulieu:

Piggybacking Okposo's practice point: "It's tough to say that you can lose games in practice, but [Okposo]'s got a point.  We didn't execute, our legs were heavy, but there is zero excuse for what happened tonight."

Better on PP & PK: "It's sort of turning into a special teams league.  We need to be better on that front.  It's early in the season, but just didn't happen tonight."

Bittersweet goal: "I would obviously trade it in for a win, there's no doubt.  We have to stay positive in the dressing room.  We can't be too hard on ourselves.  We're a good hockey team here.  We believe in each other."



Carter Hutton:

High-danger chances: "I can't analyze it from up top but from my point of view we gave up a lot of good chances.  Truthfully, I think this game was over in the first period."

Complacency: "It's just one of those things where maybe we got too comfortable after a couple of wins.  The good teams win a few and they come back harder.  It stings in the moment but we have a lot of hockey ahead of us.  We have a tough road trip coming up and we have to be ready to go."

New day tomorrow: "The grind of winning doesn't come easy.  It's something we have to learn and embrace.  Have to come back tomorrow and get to work."



Phil Housley:

Emphasis on special teams play: "Our penalty kill has been pretty good.  Unfortunate that we gave up those two early goals.  Special teams overall were an important part of the game tonight."

No easy feat: "It's hard to win in this league.  Every shift is important; how you prepare is important.  We're still a young team learning to win.  It was a good lesson to learn tonight that it's tough out there and you can take days or shifts off."

Praising Okposo for practice comment: "That's good by him.  I thought the tempo of tonight was really good, but it slowed down too much on the powerplay.  We're going to get back at it tomorrow and prepare for Arizona."