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From the Locker Room: Sabres-Canadiens

Hear from Nathan Beaulieu, Ryan O'Reilly, Chad Johnson, and Phil Housley following their 2-1 OT loss in Montreal on Saturday

November 11, 2017 - 11:00 pm

The Buffalo Sabres laced their skates on Saturday night against the Montreal Canadiens with hopes of shaking off a tough loss on home ice to the Florida Panthers a mere night ago. Despite another promising start, Ryan O'Reilly's powerplay goal in the waning seconds of the first period was not enough to hold up. The Canadiens battled back with an Andrew Shaw goal early in the third period, and sealed the deal with a Max Pacioretty overtime goal to grab a 2-1 win at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

Go inside the Sabres' locker room to hear reaction from Nathan Beaulieu, Ryan O'Reilly, Chad Johnson, and Phil Housley following the loss.


Nathan Beaulieu:

On his stick snapping moments before Pacioretty's overtime goal: "It was everything. Possession in overtime is literally everything. You watch 3-on-3 and whoever has the puck more is usually going to score. It couldn't have happened at a worse time... it's really unfortunate. The guys were really good tonight. We put up a gutsy effort; thought we deserved to win. What can you say? It's just really unfortunate."

On feelings in locker room after another tough loss: "We can't get frustrated. We have to use this as motivation going into Pittsburgh now. We played 60 minutes tonight. I mean, my stick snaps, puts the puck right in the middle of the ice and they go down and score, that's the way it's going to happen. Good teams are going to finish on those. Could have happened to anyone."  

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Ryan O'Reilly:

On playing a good game, coming out with only one point: "I thought a lot of guys did things well. I don't think I handled the puck, I made some dumb error on the last goal. I don't think I handled the puck well at all tonight. I didn't create enough. Scoring goals is an issue [right now], I got a lucky break on the powerplay, but besides that I didn't generate nearly enough offensively."

On lack of offensive production and the pressure it's putting on the goaltending: "Our goaltenders have been playing great. We're not scoring goals. I'm not doing enough to create offensively. Like I said, today was just a lucky bounce on the powerplay, but 5-on-5 I haven't generated any good chances. It's frustrating; I wish I had the answer for it, but I'm pretty much skating around and doing nothing right now."

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Chad Johnson:

On playing so well and only earning one point for the effort: "It's just disappointing, obviously. We played a good game and we were right there to get two points out of the night. It was a good effort, I thought, by us, so it's just frustrating this year... not getting as many wins as I think we'd like right now, but it's hockey. I think we just have to regroup and take the positives from this game."

On whether or not this was the best the team has played in front of him this season: "First, I think [the Anaheim win] was a really solid effort. Tonight was, as well. I think, though, looking at the Anaheim game, there really wasn't a whole lot of good opportunities. I don't think they had any breakaways. We battled hard. It's a different team, obviously, but again I think that chemistry overall and that foundation... you're sort of seeing it a little bit more than you did early on... Tonight, it was nice to kind of get in, be in some games and everybody really worked hard."     

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Phil Housley:

On the team's effort: "I can't fault the effort of our guys. We out-shot them. We out-chanced them. We get a penalty called back, which was pretty odd that we're calling penalties back now. It was unfortunate because I thought the guys played real hard. They had a lot of good opportunities to make it 2-0, which we didn't, but we hung in there."

On the referee explanation on called-back penalty: "He said that when he followed through on the shot, that he was "following through". If you watch it, though, I disagree because you're in control of your own stick. To me it was a penalty, but it wasn't called."

On the difficulty of cracking an offensive slump: "I think tonight was a start. I thought it was our best night; we got pucks to the net, we were really gritty and dirty in front of the net. If we continue to do that we're going to break that [one goal curse]. We had opportunities to make it two, we had a 2-on-1, we had opportunities to score, but the thing that was intriguing to me is when we delivered shots in the front of the net, guys were willing to pay a price. If we continue to do that, we're going to score more goals. But we have to do it on a more consistent basis."       

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