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From the Locker Room: Sabres-Canadiens

Jason Pominville, Linus Ullmark, Ryan O'Reilly and Phil Housley address the media after the 3-0 loss to Montreal on Friday

March 23, 2018 - 6:13 pm

The Buffalo Sabres' scoring woes continued on Friday night as they were felled by the Montreal Canadiens by a final score of 3-0 at KeyBank Center.

It was a one-goal game through 58 minutes of play before Paul Byron and Brendan Gallagher netted consecutive empty-net scores to extend the eventual victorious effort for the Canadiens.

Linus Ullmark stopped all but one shot for the Sabres while he was on the ice, but he was bested by Montreal's Antti Niemi, who recorded his first shutout since 2015. 

Go inside the locker room to hear from Jason Pominville, Linus Ullmark, Ryan O'Reilly and Phil Housley following the loss.


Jason Pominville:

The start: "I thought we had a good start... we played fast. It was something we talked about. Good looks came from it. Montreal came back with a push and found a way to get a bounce unfortunately."

Look in the mirror: "To a man, we have to look at ourselves and see if we're really truly working at things or just assuming we're getting better each day."



Linus Ullmark:

Tough break: "It was a fluky goal, but until I get a good look at it on the plane, I'm going to feel like I did something other than stopping a puck for this team."

On the rest of the team's offensive woes: "My job is to stop pucks and stop pucks only. That won't change my mentality, I'm going to keep trying to do my job best I can for 60, or 65 minutes of play."



Ryan O'Reilly:

5-on-3 missed opportunity: "I had a chance there and missed it. It's disappointing. That would've been the spark we needed to change the game, but it didn't happen. It's my fault there."

Own worst enemies: "We definitely beat ourselves tonight. They didn't do anything special tonight... it's almost embarrassing. We could've at least made a game out of it."



Phil Housley:

Straying: "We had the start we wanted. We came out and played a really solid first period and stuck with the gameplan. From there, not as much... guys seemed to take matters into their own hands."

Wanting to take a step forward in the leadership department: "I think it's about time our leadership group stepped up. We challenged them yesterday, and this definitely wasn't the response we were looking for."


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