From the Locker Room: Sabres-Blue Jackets

November 20, 2017

The Buffalo Sabres welcomed the Columbus Blue Jackets into KeyBank Center for the second tilt of the team's current four-game homestand. After dropping game number one of the stand on home ice, the Sabres were not only looking to break even in the first two games in their friendly confines, but also shake a five-game losing streak (dating back to November 7th vs WAS) in the process. Despite a late rush from Buffalo after leading 3-0, the Blue Jackets prevailed by a final score of 3-2. The loss pushes the Buffalo losing streak to six.

Go inside the locker room to hear from Evander Kane, Sam Reinhart and Phil Housley following the Monday night loss.


Evander Kane:

On why the offense seems to remain dormant until the end of games: "I know we're capable of playing like that. Not just tonight, in the third period, but over the course of the year. We haven't been able to put it together consistently through the course of a game. It's a mindset; it's an attitude. We scored two goals tonight, but we didn't get our first one until the 10-minute mark of the third period."

On CBJ's shot-blocking prowess: "They're a John Tortorella team, they're known to block shots. At the same time, we have to find ways to get pucks through. Their shot blocking ability deterred us from sometimes pulling the trigger. Sometimes it's not even 'get the puck on net', it's 'just around the net.' Again, we have to find ways to do that."

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Sam Reinhart:

On "too little, too late": "Yeah, it was. There was a lull for a lot of the second period, and then at the start of the third [Columbus] capitalized on two looks. We have to tighten things up and be better. It's frustrating knowing how we can play and how we can be against the best teams in the league. We have to find a way mentally to demand more and expect more out of ourselves."

On the team's mentality, approach during games: "I think we're waiting too much for one break in a game. Unfortunately, as of late, there hasn't been many goals for us early in games that have led to us playing the way we're capable of. We have to find out how to stick with it better and expect more out of ourselves. That's the biggest thing."

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Phil Housley:


On the crease pile-up on the potential game-tying goal: "You're playing against one of the best goaltenders in the league. We talked about making it difficult for him. At times we did. That last play, I thought we did an excellent job of crashing the net."

On building off the team play in the final 11 minutes of regulation: "Definitely. I wasn't too upset with the first period. I thought we had a good pace to it, we were playing a 3/4 ice game. We were forechecking, but I still think we have to get more pucks to the net. You could see the goals that we scored, especially that last one, was a result of that. In the second period, we got away from the desperation we need, and the one-on-one battles and that compete that we need. Third period, we got that first goal, and it sparked us. It was tilted downhill, and it was unfortunate that we did not get the call."

On the current state of the team, city alike: "I feel it is a very rough time; not only for the fans in Buffalo, but for the group in that locker room. The coaching staff didn't vision us being where we are right now, and that's the tough battle. Hope you could get the hockey gods to give us a bounce here or there."

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