Photo: Kevin Hoffman - USA TODAY Sports

From the Locker Room: Sabres-Avalanche

Hear from Kyle Okposo, Nathan Beaulieu, Carter Hutton and Phil Housley after Buffalo's 6-1 loss to Colorado

October 11, 2018 - 9:56 pm

The Buffalo Sabres fell to 2-2 on their season-opening homestand after losing 6-1 at the hands of the Colorado Avalanche. The Sabres were behind the eight ball early, digging themselves a 3-0 hole after 20 minutes that they were never able to climb out of. The bright spot of the night, though, was first-overall draft pick Rasmus Dahlin tallying his first point in the NHL; an assist on the lone goal by Nathan Beaulieu.

Let's go inside the locker room to hear from Kyle Okposo, Beaulieu, Carter Hutton and Phil Housley following the loss.


Kyle Okposo:

Blame for the effort: "That's on all of us. It's something we need to avoid in the future."

Lack of engagement: "We weren't engaged early; they were. We weren't making passes, iced the puck a bunch. Just flat out not prepared."

Play like you practice: "I didn't like our practice yesterday, and it translated into that first period. All year we've been really dialed in and ready to go. We've been focused; knowing what we had to do. That wasn't the case tonight."



Nathan Beaulieu:

Piggybacking Okposo's practice point: "It's tough to say that you can lose games in practice, but [Okposo]'s got a point. We didn't execute, our legs were heavy, but there is zero excuse for what happened tonight."

Better on PP & PK: "It's sort of turning into a special teams league. We need to be better on that front. It's early in the season, but just didn't happen tonight."

Bittersweet goal: "I would obviously trade it in for a win, there's no doubt. We have to stay positive in the dressing room. We can't be too hard on ourselves. We're a good hockey team here. We believe in each other."



Carter Hutton:

High-danger chances: "I can't analyze it from up top but from my point of view we gave up a lot of good chances. Truthfully, I think this game was over in the first period."

Complacency: "It's just one of those things where maybe we got too comfortable after a couple of wins. The good teams win a few and they come back harder. It stings in the moment but we have a lot of hockey ahead of us. We have a tough road trip coming up and we have to be ready to go."

New day tomorrow: "The grind of winning doesn't come easy. It's something we have to learn and embrace. Have to come back tomorrow and get to work."



Phil Housley:

Emphasis on special teams play: "Our penalty kill has been pretty good. Unfortunate that we gave up those two early goals. Special teams overall were an important part of the game tonight."

No easy feat: "It's hard to win in this league.  Every shift is important; how you prepare is important. We're still a young team learning to win. It was a good lesson to learn tonight that it's tough out there and you can take days or shifts off."

Praising Okposo for practice comment: "That's good by him. I thought the tempo of tonight was really good, but it slowed down too much on the power play. We're going to get back at it tomorrow and prepare for Arizona."


Comments ()