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From the Locker Room: Sabres-Blue Jackets

See what Kyle Okposo, Jake McCabe and Phil Housley had to say after Buffalo's 4-0 loss to the Blue Jackets

March 31, 2019 - 10:07 pm

The Buffalo Sabres dropped their seventh straight game on Sunday in a 4-0 defeat at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets at KeyBank Center.

Buffalo put 38 shots on Sergei Bobrovsky, but couldn't find the back of the net. Linus Ullmark faced 36 shots on goal in the loss, making 32 saves. Jack Eichel ended the night with a team-high eight shots on goal for Buffalo.

Let's go inside the locker room to see what Kyle Okposo, Jake McCabe and head coach Phil Housley had to say following the loss to Columbus:


Kyle Okposo:

On the fans booing on Sunday: "I mean, they have a right to be mad. They have a right to be pissed. Second half of the year hasn't gone as planned. [Saturday night against the Islanders] we were lifeless. Today it was a little bit better, but it was 4-0. That's not good enough. We gotta give them something to cheer about and we didn't tonight. They have a right to be upset. They've endured a lot of angst, a lot of heartache, and we need to be better for them."

On the team's strong start: "Our start was really good. We came out, we attacked the game and we were playing really well in the first seven, eight minutes. Then they get one and then we just sat back on our heels a little bit and we settled down for the second. Give one up on a 2-on-1 and then it's tough at that point.



Jake McCabe:

On how he felt after his return to the ice: "Great. It's never easy sitting in the press box watching all your buddies battle over this last month. I was really anxious to get out there. Feels good to be back in this room with all these guys and competing side by side."

On if he feels for the fans: "Yeah I feel for them. I mean, it sucks. Obviously nobody wants to lose in this city. Including us. It's not like we're going out there and trying to lose every single night. You know, obviously, it sucks for the fans, it sucks for us, it sucks for everyone involved. It's been a few years of this, which has been unfortunate for a lot of us in here. Once again, I'm just going to continue harping on it, the only way we get out of it is compete and work ethic. We got a few games left. Just try to come to the rink with a positive attitude and try to end on a good note."



Phil Housley:

On his team's chances to get on the board: "We had opportunities at the other end, particularly in the third period. I know we're chasing the game, but I liked the way the guys fought til the end. It was a lot better effort than we had [on Saturday] night."

On not getting desired outcomes: "It's always difficult when you don't get the results. I know this is part of the process for us. I'm frustrated because for the most part I think our guys have been working very hard, and they're not getting rewarded. And they gotta find a way, but it takes everybody in our lineup. Whoever's in the lineup, we can't have two or three guys off, because we just don't have that kind of a lineup."

On feeling the frustration: "It's frustrating. I understand the fans, their frustration. Our guys are frustrated. They want to do better at home, here. Our home record has been good. I understand. I understand that."


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