From the Locker Room: Sabres-Blackhawks

Hear from Jack Eichel, Jason Pominville and Phil Housley after the 7-3 loss to Chicago

Kyle Powell
February 01, 2019 - 7:33 pm

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It was not the start to the homestand that the Buffalo Sabres had hoped for, as they were downed by the visiting Chicago Blackhawks by a final score of 7-3. Chicago nabbed a 1-0 lead after the opening period and never looked back, as Buffalo never led at any point on Friday night. Hometown boy Patrick Kane posted four points for the Blackhawks in their winning effort over the Sabres. Jack Eichel, Jason Pominville and Kyle Okposo were the goal-scorers for the blue and gold.

Let's head inside the locker room to hear from Eichel, Pominville and Phil Housley following the loss:


Jack Eichel:

Not the winning formula: "You're not going to win many games where you give up seven goals... at least we wouldn't."

Crunch time: "We're far past the learning stage of this season. We're fifty-some odd games into this year and at this point the mistakes are costing up points."

How to fix the miscues: "We just have to get back to work and keeping it simple and let the game come to us. Maybe we're forcing things a little right now, and it's costing us."



Jason Pominville:

What's going wrong: "I think we want to score, but we have no respect for our own end right now. It's something we have to clean up quick. Everything they got, we gave them."

Solutions: "The best way to clean things up, young or old, is to just go out there and do it. We have to find ways to get on board offensively while also shaping up defensively... To a man, it's up to us as a group to find a way out of this."



Phil Housley:

On the effort: "There was a lack of respect for our own net tonight. Also, in the first period we had 15 shots but should've had 25. Nobody was in front of the net. There was also a lack of awareness against the [Patrick] Kane line, among other things. We have to work on it all tomorrow."

Nothing to show for it: "We dominated the first period, but we didn't manage the game and it came right back at us. We're making this game very easy for the goalies we play. They see everything."


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