From the Locker Room: Sabres-Hurricanes

November 18, 2017

The Buffalo Sabres (last in the Atlantic Division) played host to the Carolina Hurricanes (last in the Metropolitan Division) on Saturday night in KeyBank Center. Both teams started the game rather slow, with offense at a premium. For insight, the Sabres failed to register their first official shot on net until there were nearly 18 minutes gone in the first period. Carolina took a one goal lead late in the second period, and despite an Evander Kane game-tying third period goal (and an overturned second goal from Kane :10 later), the Hurricanes came away with the victory by a final score of 3-1.  Go inside the locker room to hear reaction from Evander Kane, Chad Johnson, Justin Falk and Phil Housley following the loss.


Evander Kane:

On momentum swing and Buffalo's penalty trouble: "We had some momentum in the third period, then we took too many penalties to start. That doesn't help. We did a good job to kill them off, but they still got momentum off that, kind of like the other night. We had our opportunities to score, and we didn't. When they [Carolina] had their opportunities, they buried them."

On his disallowed goal in the third period: "I didn't agree with it. You go hard to the net. I was pretty self-conscious of not making a kicking motion and kicking the puck on net. Just going hard, and part of my momentum drilled the puck into the net. I guess Toronto thought differently."

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Chad Johnson:

On recent lack of offense: "That's how it goes sometimes. We're in some tight games right now. That's just how it is; one bad bounce, that's the difference in the game there. We just have to keep pushing forward and correcting things and trying to be better."

On stronger defensive play: "For the most part, they [Carolina] didn't get any rush chances, except for those two there [two goals not counting third empty-net]. Most of their opportunities came on cycles and plays in the slot, and point shots for the most part. I thought we did a great job there. Again, they get two looks and they score. It's disappointing."

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Justin Falk:

On the puck that bounced over his stick for the go-ahead goal: "They flipped the puck, it went over Scandella, and I went to go pick it up. It landed and I thought it had settled enough to trust picking it up with my stick. As soon as I went to go for it, it ended up hopping over. Bad break."

On not getting any "lucky breaks" in the offensive end: "It's just sort of what's happening right now. Maybe we're not working hard enough to earn those breaks or to get the bounces that way. We just have to keep working and find our way here."


Phil Housley:

On how to produce more shot chances: "I think to get more shots, you just have to get them through. We talked about being a "shot mentality" team; give them credit, [Carolina] blocked a lot of shots. Our defense has to do a better job of finding lanes and delivering pucks to the net. We have to shoot pucks from everywhere: bad angles, off the rush, off the powerplay... we have to have that mindset."

On the team's slow start and the testing of patience: "It is testing my patience. I thought the last game in Detroit was really the end of my wick as far as remaining patient and making some adjustments and addressing that. We had opportunities to make it [2-1], and that's the difference in the hockey game. I still feel like we're not all on the same page and we're going to continue to work on that."

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