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From the Locker Room: Sabres-Avalanche

Hear from Jack Eichel, Robin Lehner, Jake McCabe, Evander Kane and Phil Housley following the 4-2 victory over Colorado on Tuesday night

December 06, 2017 - 1:15 am

The Buffalo Sabres traveled to Denver, Colorado to face off with the Avalanche on Tuesday night, looking for some serious traction to bolster the morale after a tough stretch of play which has seen losses in eleven of the team's last 12 games. Buffalo saw another fresh face on this night, as forward Evan Rodrigues made his season debut with the club after his promotion from the Rochester Americans. This was a retroactive move in the wake of Matt Moulson's waiver assignment to the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League. 

The Sabres prevailed when all was said and done by a final score of 4-2. Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe chipped in a goal after replay review, registering the first goal by a defender for the team this season. Jack Eichel sealed the deal with a late empty-net goal in the third period.

Go inside the locker room to hear from Eichel, Robin Lehner, McCabe, Evander Kane and Phil Housley following the win.


Jack Eichel:

On the team's multiple penalties: "It's something that we probably want to clean up. They have a good powerplay, fifth in the league at home, there's some real skilled players. Credit to our PK for bearing down there in the third period, getting some big kills, and our goalie played really well. We found a way to get two points, though. It's good."

On Buffalo's 5-on-5 play: "I thought we did a good job of getting into their zone. We did a good job cycling. Our defense was involved. It's great to see [McCabe] get one there. It was a rewarding win, two points, and we'll just continue this road trip."



Robin Lehner:

On feeling "on top" of his game in the crease: "I think we played pretty good today. It was a back and forth type of game; we gave them some momentum with the penalties. They had some good, grade-A chances, but they were from the zone, not odd-man rushes or stuff like that today... [shots] were easy to read tonight, I stayed on top of it, plus the defense helped me out a lot on some rebounds."

On the team attacking right away after Colorado tied things up at 2: "I think we came out good in the third and took it over... it was a great response to get a goal after they scored to make it 2-2. From there on out, I think we played solid. Nice to get a win."



Jake McCabe:

On waiting for lengthy review on his eventual goal: "Honestly, it was nice that the hockey gods were on our side on that call. Hopefully the floodgates open for us on the back end now."



Evander Kane:

On scoring and being rewarded for his inspired play all game:  "Obviously I didn't have very good finish tonight, should've had that one in front of the net. That's an amateur play by me. It was nice to be able to get back on the board here, though."

On the penalty bug: "We're taking too many. You look at the last three games especially, we've taken way too many penalties against good powerplays. If we want to put a streak together here and put a string of good games together, we're going to have to stay out of the box." 



Phil Housley:

On the team's fight: "Especially in the position that we're in, it could be easy to get down and go in a different direction. Our guys fought the whole night. It was a total team effort up and down the lineup. It was great."

On McCabe's reviewed shot that eventually counted as Buffalo's first goal from a defenseman: "Well first of all, [we just had to see] if the puck fully crossed the blue line. To me, it looked that way. Then we looked at it again, and our guys indeed tagged up. We then knew it was going to be a good goal, and we were getting our powerplay ready. It was a big turning point in the game, obviously, especially when our [defense] scores."


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