From the Locker Room: Sabres-Blackhawks

See what Zach Bogosian, Carter Hutton, Kyle Okposo and Phil Housley had to say following the Sabres' 5-4 shootout loss in Chicago

Jon Simon
March 08, 2019 - 1:00 am

Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo - USA TODAY Sports


The Buffalo Sabres' road woes continue with their eighth straight loss away from home. This time, the Sabres fell in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night at the United Center.

After trailing 2-0 at the beginning of the second period, the Sabres got three goals in 3:29 from Vladimir Sobotka, Brandon Montour and Zach Bogosian to go in front 3-2.

Artem Anisimov tallied his second goal of the game five minutes into the third period to tie the score at 3-3, but the Sabres took the lead back thanks to a goal from Kyle Okposo. However, just 37-seconds later, Chicago would knot the game again at 4-4 with a goal from Brendan Perlini.

After 60 minutes of play, both teams produced an exciting overtime period. The five-minute extra frame featured back-and-forth action with both the Sabres and Blackhawks trading scoring chances. Carter Hutton stopped 41 of 45 shots faced through 65 minutes of play, but would be faced with the tough task of going up against Chicago's talented group of forwards in the shootout.

Jonathan Towes, Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat would all score for the Blackhawks in the shootout. Jack Eichel tallied Buffalo's lone goal in the bottom of the first round of the shootout. Sam Reinhart failed to tie the shootout at 2-2 after Kane scored to start the second round, and DeBrincat sealed the win scoring in the top of the third.

Let's go inside the locker room to see what Bogosian, Hutton, Okposo and Phil Housley had to say following the loss:


Zach Bogosian:

On pace of game, quick goals: "There were a lot of goals scored in short periods of time. It was kind of just back-and-forth, that's the style [Chicago] likes to play. I don't think we checked well enough tonight to get the win, but this was a big point for us."

On going 5-for-5 on penalty kill: "It's tough when you take that many penalties, it gives their skill guys more time to touch the puck and get into the game. I thought we did a pretty good job. They had their chances but Hutton made some big saves for us. But I definitely don't want to take that many penalties."

On playing better in front of Hutton: "He's been big for us all year. We support and believe in him, but we have to do a better job in front of him. Both of our goaltenders have played well enough to put us in a position to win and we have to do a better job in front of them."



Carter Hutton:

On giving up goals, playing in back-and-forth game: "It's just frustrating. You battle hard and you try to compete as tough as you can. That's a really skilled team. I thought I gave us a chance, but it's frustrating. It's pretty wide open hockey and I don't know if we want to exchange chances with a team like that. I think we get in the habit of doing that sometimes and we don't fare too well."

On frustration building up: "It's just frustrating. I don't know how to put it into words right now. It feels like it's Groundhog Day here. I feel like I do my best to try to compete and it's just hard not getting wins here."



Kyle Okposo:

On what brought team back into game in second period: "I thought we just scored some big goals. In the first I just thought we had a couple breakdowns, but I thought that we did some good things in the offensive zone. In the second I thought we came out and played a pretty good period, scored three goals. It's just disappointing to give up the two in the third that we did."

On costly breakdowns, too many shots on Hutton: "It just seems like the breakdowns are ending up in the back of our net. It's insane that Hutton made 41 saves tonight, that's probably too much to give up."



Phil Housley:

On response in second period and start of the third: "You look at the first period, we're doing everything right, we just missed two assignments. In between periods guys re-grouped and I really liked the response in the second, coming back and getting that third goal short-handed. In the third period we make an ill-advised change and a guy comes walking down the gut, we can't allow that to happen."

On Hutton: "Our goaltenders have provided some very good hockey for us. Tonight was another game where [Hutton] gave us a chance to win. He made some big saves, especially on the penalty kill."


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