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From the Locker Room: Sabres-Canadiens

Hear from Jason Pominville, Jake McCabe, Kyle Okposo and Phil Housley following the 4-3 win over Montreal

October 25, 2018 - 10:00 pm

A back-and-forth Atlantic Division tilt saw the Buffalo Sabres drop the Montreal Canadiens by a final score of 4-3. Kyle Okposo potted the game-winner on the power play with just 1:01 left in the third period.

Jason Pominville also churned out two more goals for Buffalo as he continues to flourish on the top line with Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner. Sam Reinhart also netted his first goal of the new campaign; it knotted things at three goals apiece in the third period.

The Sabres moved to 6-4-0 on the year with the comeback win.

Let's head inside the locker room to hear from Pominville, Jake McCabe, Okposo and Phil Housley following the victory:


Jason Pominville:

On the comeback: "Shows a lot about the resiliency that this group has.  Believe we limited them to somewhere around four shots in the third period, which is good against such a good team in this division early on."

What a difference a year makes: "Last year, we probably would have gotten in our shell. Now, it's a different team. The vibe in the room has been great, the city has been buzzing, the 'Dahlin effect'; all of it."

Even flow: "There's going to be ups and downs and you have to remain even-keeled. We're doing a pretty good job of that so far."



Jake McCabe:

Take them as they come: "Our starts could improve, especially in our own building. But overall I'm proud of this group and we showed a lot of fight tonight."

On the special teams: "We've got all the faith in the world in our special teams, and they carried the load tonight."

On Sam Reinhart: "He could have easily had five goals right now. The posts haven't been friendly. But his net-front presence finally paid off."



Kyle Okposo:

On the line play: "I thought that our line did a lot of good things tonight. To see that one go in was great. As a team, we played really well. We shook off a rough start in the first period and then we really got going. Three one-goal deficits didn't matter.

On disrupting the goalie in front: "Reinhart's goal, I'm so happy for him. He earned that one. That's how you score goals, and we're starting to buy into that. Still more work to do."

Trust your abilities: "We bent but didn't break. Sometimes you're going to lose. If you play the same way and try not to put things in your own hands, better things will happen if you stick to your guns."



Phil Housley:

Special teams praise: "I liked that in the third period we were blocking a lot of shots. Credit Carter Hutton too for some big saves. Our special teams did us well tonight."

On Reinhart's tying goal: "It was good to see him finally get rewarded. He's had some great looks so far and one finally went his way."

Pominville using what's taught: "That's what we've been pushing to this team; driving the net and paying the price. That's what he did on both his goals in different ways. Jack [Eichel] and Jeff [Skinner] do good finding each other and him as well."


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