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From the Locker Room: Sabres-Wild

Hear from Rasmus Ristolainen, Marco Scandella, Nate Beaulieu and Phil Housley following the 6-2 loss in Minnesota on Thursday night

January 04, 2018 - 11:08 pm

The Buffalo Sabres were in Minnesota to take on the Wild in the Xcel Energy Center on Thursday evening. This was the second meeting between these teams this season, with Minnesota taking the opening contest on the road in KeyBank Center on November 22nd (5-4 final).

Minnesota emerged victorious once again, and it was never in question. Jumping out to a 3-0 lead after one period, and a 6-0 advantage after two stanzas of play, the Wild were able to cruise to a win over Buffalo despite a pair of third period goals from the Sabres.

Buffalo hits the ice on Friday night hoping to shake this 6-2 loss off as they travel to Winnipeg.

Go inside the locker room to hear from Rasmus Ristolainen, Marco Scandella, Nathan Beaulieu and Phil Housley following the loss.


Rasmus Ristolainen:

On the game:  "We started well. We were in their zone and we got some shots but I made a mistake, and they got an easy goal there... Early on, our mistakes led to easy goals and it was a tough start."

On the team hanging their goalie out to dry: "[Robin's] been playing really well. We didn't help him enough tonight."

Comments about his misconduct penalty: "I don't really want to say too much [about it]. I didn't try to hurt him. It's a good thing he didn't get injured. It sucks I couldn't help the guys."



Marco Scandella:

On allowing too many "easy goals": "I think we just left some guys open, let in some easy ones, and we were out of the game at that point."

Comments on Ristolainen's hit: "I didn't really see the replay. It happened quick. Hockey's a quick game, so we'll see what happens with that."



Nathan Beaulieu:

On tonight's struggles: "It's tough when you get behind the '8-ball' right away. Being down two goals and losing [Ristolainen] in the first couple of minutes is a tough pill to swallow."

On what the team can do to avoid falling behind in first periods: "That's the biggest thing I've noticed from my time in Montreal. Here it seems like we're always playing from behind. It's frustrating. You want to get that early lead because it's more comfortable to play and it brings confidence. You're not always chasing the game. It's something I've found to be very difficult to adjust to. It's not from lack of preparation; we're looking for answers in here."



Phil Housley:

On Ristolainen's major penalty: "I think there should have been a call on the play, but I don't agree with the five-minute call. I don't know what the reasoning was, I did not receive an explanation. After watching it in between periods, it's a shoulder hit. His intention is not trying to hit somebody. Let's face it - Rasmus is a physical player. Somebody coming through the middle with their head down... he's going to finish a check. I don't think he was out to hurt anybody. That's not part of his game. He's a physical, tough competitor. It's just unfortunate."

On the weak defensive performance: "Couple goals where the defensive zone coverage was completely lost. We worked hard below the dots in our zone, but a bad read after that on the forecheck made it look like the Red Sea parted. They walked right down the gut. That's just not the way we have been playing. We got away from that."


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