From the Locker Room: Sabres-Capitals

February 24, 2018

The Buffalo Sabres matched up with the Washington Capitals for the second time this week, and for the second time this week the Sabres were on the wrong side of the final score. After defeating Buffalo 3-2 on Monday, Washington was at it again, this time besting the blue and gold by a final of 5-1.

Alex Ovechkin netted two goals for the Caps, while Sam Reinhart scored the only Sabre goal 14 seconds into the third period.

Philip Grubauer, the Capitals backup goaltender, bested Buffalo for the second time in six days.

Go inside the locker room to hear from Sam Reinhart, Robin Lehner, Jason Pominville and Phil Housley following the loss.


Sam Reinhart:

Early battles: "When you close the gap quicker it limits their time on the puck and limits their creativity. They have a lot of that. To start the game we gave them too much room, and they've got guys that are going to make plays."

Tonight's struggles attest to?: "Tonight's not a matter of work ethic, I don't think so. We're all battling out there. Mentally, we could've been a bit sharper. Could've closed some space better early too."



Robin Lehner:

Early goal: "[Kuznetsov] came out flying from nowhere. He's a skilled player. Not the guy you want to have that early opportunity. That first period was weird. They came out with a lot of speed and I think we were a little bit behind. We managed to come out of it only down 1-0, though."

On Kane: "That's the unfortunate part of this time of year. It can happen to anyone. It's a business. They wanted to sit him out, but he wanted to be out there. "



Jason Pominville:

Kuznetsov beat me clean: "First one I should've just not tried to get the puck there. I got a couple swings at it, missed, and he was able to get inside position. I probably should've just skated with him."

Thoughts on Evander: "I'd be lying to say I was surprised by it. You look around, there's been a lot of guys that have been held off the ice. He's definitely a guy drawing a lot of interest. You don't want him to get hurt. Overall I think it was a smart move."



Phil Housley:

Lack of physicality: "I thought we didn't check well enough to take away their speed. There were also some guys [on our side] that weren't ready to play tonight. It was obvious right from the drop of the puck. Loss of coverage on a set forecheck."

Too light: "We weren't heavy enough in the battle and compete area in our own end. They were able to move around at will. That's because we didn't get to our checks and stay tight to them."