From the Locker Room: Sabres-Islanders

October 8, 2017

Evander Kane scored two shorthanded goals, and Jack Eichel notched his first goal of the season. However, three goals in less than two minutes turned out to be the difference in the Sabres 5-3 loss to the New York Islanders on Saturday night at Barclays Center. Read the thoughts from the forwards, along with those of Robin Lehner and Phil Housley.

Evander Kane

On getting down 4-0 to the Islanders: "We didn't come out hungry enough in the third period early enough to, you know, mount that comeback. You know, I thought, you know obviously you can't be giving up really three shorthanded goals, you know, at any poit of the game, especially within five six minutes."

On the New York shorthanded goals: "I think just our urgency. You know, we gotta know that a team like that has a good penalty kill and they put pressure on you. As a guy who kills penalties, you know, when you put pressure on other teams it creates turnovers and you know especially when teams are doing certain breakouts those turnovers can besome  grade a scoring chances and we gave those up tonight."


Jack Eichel

On the power play woes: "We're just letting our foot off the gas...power play's timed out, work the opponent because you have one extra guy on the ice and I think that we're just trying to get too fancy and get away from things that have made us successful as a unit. Some mental laspes and teams are taking advantage of it, and two games the power play's lost us both so, We gotta take a look in the mirror."

On losing both of the first two games of the season: "It's a quick turnaround with a Monday afternoon game and, you know, you play a lot of games in this league. You've got to learn from something like this, but as quickly as you learn from it you gotta put it behind you because New Jersey's a good team and we're going to have our hands full at home, and it's a must win game right now and it's imprtant to get off to a good start in the beginning of the season and put yourself in a good position."


Robin Lehner

On falling behind 4-0 to the Islanders: "It's frustrating because I felt good today, and I felt encouraged going into the second period. I made some mistakes, I got to come up with a save and, you know, Tavares has a breakaway, he beats me, then short after that Cizikas comes in and he lets one rip. I felt I had him just finds the far corner and you just...hear the sound from the post and it goes in, then we're on our heels."


Phil Housley

On the lack of success of the power play:"You look at the games, our first two power plays in both games have been excellent, you know. We're getting really good looks then we sort of just take our foot off the gas and relax. I think having more urgency coming back, you know, into our zone, you know, teams are gonna still forecheck they're gonna flush you behind the net and I just think we just let up a little bit there."

On what the team can learn from the loss: "We were supposed to be the fresh team, you know, coming in. We didn't have a pregame skate we're talking about having a good start, and I think that's the first thing that we got to address...a team that's playing back-to-back and then had to travel. We should have been jumping on them."