From the Locker Room: Sabres-Bruins

Hear from Jack Eichel, Rasmus Dahlin, Carter Hutton and Phil Housley following Buffalo's 4-0 loss in their home opener

Kyle Powell
October 04, 2018 - 10:44 pm

Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig - USA TODAY Sports


The Buffalo Sabres' 2018-19 season and home opener did not go as they had planned on Thursday night. The blue and gold were shut out by the Boston Bruins, 4-0 in front of a full house at KeyBank Center. It was the debut appearance of first overall draft pick Rasmus Dahlin, goaltending free-agent signee Carter Hutton, and many others on the roster, but the night soured as the Bruins stole the show.

Go inside the locker room to hear from Eichel, Dahlin, Hutton and head coach Phil Housley.


Jack Eichel:

On the effort: "I thought [Boston] played pretty desperate. They played good. They played hard. I thought we were thinking too much at times. Wasn't as crisp or as clean as we'd want it. Tough to not get one in the net with the crowd all amped up on this night. I think we have to work on our all-around offense and our ability to bear down on chances. We knew they'd compete after what happened to them last night and we didn't match their intensity."

On what the team can work on: "We were on our heels a lot and not making quick plays. These are all things we can work on, though. Not the outcome we wanted in our home opener, but we get back at it on Saturday."

On his decision to pass to Jeff Skinner on a 2-on-1: "Would've like to have that one back, that's for sure. Should have shot that in hindsight."



Rasmus Dahlin:

Reflecting on his debut: "After a few shifts in the first period, I felt calmer. I just went out there and did my best."

On the speed and pace of the NHL: "It was a little bit faster than preseason. It's the regular season now, so every team is better."

Shell-shocked: "It was pretty weird [taking on Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak]. Was just watching them on TV not too long ago. They're good."



Carter Hutton:

On the youthful mistakes: "Puck management is key. We're a young team, that'll come. Tonight's result wasn't from lack of effort."

Short memory: "We just have to move on. It's just one game. The best part of this league is that you're right back it in a couple of days."

On his counterpart: "I thought [Jaroslav] Halak saw everything for Boston. He made a couple timely ones on us. It's just tough to not get one [goal] on opening night."



Phil Housley:

Foot put down: "Overall, the effort was okay. We have opportunities with our skilled forwards to attack, and yet we turn the puck over far too much. Parts of our game were great tonight, but not when it mattered. We're not in a position to give shifts away. There were missed coverages and assignments all over the ice. Most importantly, we have to think 'shot'. We over-pass too many times when we should be getting pucks to the net. We have an oportunity to come back [tomorrow at practice and Saturday vs NYR] because we are not going through this again."

Not helping the cause: "Our young guys played well.  Some of our veteran skaters spent a lot of their energy going the wrong way. For the most part, we were our own worst enemies tonight."

Struggles on offense lead to lots of time on the defense: "We threw it to their goalie too much. At that point, he can kick-start the breakout the other way again. We have to take more pride in our checks after turnovers as well. It's going to be very hard to get out of this, but we have to come to work and get ready for that game on Saturday."


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