From the Locker Room: Sabres-Canadiens

November 25, 2017

The Buffalo Sabres, fresh off snapping a seven-game losing skid after trumping the Edmonton Oilers last night, traveled to Montreal to take on Carey Price and the Canadiens on Saturday night. Despite playing well on the tail end of back-to-back contests, the Sabres fell to the Canadiens by a final score of 3-0.

Hear from Sam Reinhart, Evander Kane, Robin Lehner and Phil Housley following the loss.


Sam Reinhart:

On the Sabres disallowed goal: "It's twice now they've called it the same way. I think I've got to learn from that. Whether I believe or not that it's my ice out there as much as his, they don't call it that way. He's the best goalie in the world for a reason. He's going to come out and make some contact as well. I can be better than that."

On why the Sabres could't break through against Price: "He's the best goalie in the world. I think there's always ways we could get to him and make things more difficult on him. Whether it's getting pucks quicker or forwards getting to the net quicker to make it tough on him to see the puck. There's not too many times where you're going to beat him clean.

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Evander Kane:

On his goal that got called back for goaltender interference: "I didn't notice anything on the play. I had no idea what they were reviewing. I saw the replay on the jumbotron. I don't know if I need to go to the eye doctor, but to me it looked like Sam [Reinhart] was outside the crease. I don't have anything good to say about that decision."

On the effort: "We didn't work hard enough and bear down to beat [Price], and they capitalized on the few chances they had. We were all over them, especially in the second and third period."

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Robin Lehner:

On breaks going against the Sabres, a la the Ristolainen deflected puck finding the back of his own net: "I don't know. I think I made three, four really big saves at first, so to say that everything came our way went in is not accurate. I think after the first period, we took over the second and third. They didn't have much, but they did get a couple of chances in the second [the 2-on-1]. Then we totally had them in the third, but [the shorthanded goal] was a bad break for us. I think I had him. I think I played [Paul Byron] well. Hit off my stick, managed to squeak in. It was unfortunate, but I think the guys had a hell of an effort today."

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Phil Housley:

His thoughts on how the team played: "I thought the guys really dug down deep tonight. That was our sixth game in nine nights, they had every reason not to give it their best and put their best foot forward. They throw 72 shot attempts, 37 shots at net... I thought the last two games have been some of our best hockey. Tonight we didn't get rewarded. I know the bottom line is winning. We ran into a hot goaltender coming back who made some terrific saves. If there's one thing, we could've tried to get to him a little bit earlier, but I can't fault the effort."

On the powerplay miscue: "We're down 2-0, we have a chance to get back in the game and the powerplay let us down. Obviously we have to take a really hard look at it because it's losing momentum for us in games, especially the last two. We haven't score [a powerplay goal] in five [games]. Hopefully it will get better."

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