From the Locker Room: Sabres-Capitals

February 19, 2018

The Buffalo Sabres played host to the Metropolitan Division powerhouse Washington Capitals in an afternoon matchup on Presidents Day.

Buffalo home struggles continued to drag on as a two-goal second period by Washington was enough to stave off a late, third period Sabre attack. The Capitals snuck by the blue and gold on Monday by a final score of 3-2.

Go inside the locker room to hear from Evander Kane, Kyle Okposo, Chad Johnson and Phil Housley following the loss.


Evander Kane:

Spotty effort again: "We were there [at times] today but we couldn't get those two points. We have to use the momentum from the third period and bring that with us into next game."

Mentality: "I just kind of played a little pissed off today, I guess. Little earlier start on a Monday morning and I brought that with me."



Kyle Okposo:

Period by period: "Story of the game. We came out ready to play; not a really eventful first period. We got away from our gameplan in the second, and then too little, too late with our effort in the third."

On his goal: "I was just trying to battle to get to the net. Evan [Rodrigues] made a great play, and it hit me on the way in [off Scott Wilson's shot]."

Momentum and drive: "There's good teams that are going to come with momentum into these games. We're not there yet. We have to find our way to get to that point soon."



Chad Johnson:

Early confidence: "I felt good. I thought we controlled where the shots were coming from [early]. I thought we controlled their speed too, for the most part. I knew I was going to have to be strong against an opponent like Washington."

On the third period: "If you look at it, you could say that we made a push. They also sat back a bit too. That's common with team who enter final periods with leads. Nonetheless, it's great to see, but [we] don't want to make a habit of having to come back on a consistent basis."



Phil Housley:

Kept the Caps at bay: "[Washington tallied] A couple of lucky goals, but good teams find ways to get those goals in even tough times."

On the overall gameplan: "We played some simple hockey. Chipping pucks behind them, doing work against the boards... for the most part I liked our game. As you saw the second period ultimately ended up being the difference in the game, but we had a strong push in the third period and I liked that too. End result is just unfortunate."

On Evander Kane's play: "I thought he was very physical today. Played with an attitude. Threw his body around, and even got that goal at the end there. I liked his game a lot."