From the Locker Room: Sabres-Capitals

Hear from Jack Eichel, Zach Bogosian, Rasmus Dahlin and Phil Housley after Buffalo's 4-3 SO loss in Washington

Nick Lozanovski
December 15, 2018 - 9:24 pm

Photo: Geoff Burke - USA TODAY Sports


Jack Eichel was the star for the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night, but the team came up just short in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena.

Eichel scored the first two Buffalo goals that set the pace for the evening, before rookie Rasmus Dahlin got in on the action with a second period power play goal. This snaps a two-game win streak for the Sabres, who defeated the Los Angeles Kings and the Arizona Coyotes earlier in the week at KeyBank Center.

Carter Hutton stood tall in goal, stopping 35 of 38 shots from a potent Washington offense, including an Evgeny Kuznetsov breakaway in overtime. Hutton was beat twice in the shootout by Kuznetsov and Alexander Ovechkin, while Casey Mittelstadt was the only Buffalo player to score in the shootout. 

Hutton's defensive help was short one player as Nathan Beaulieu was injured in the second period and did not return to the game.

Let's go inside the locker room to hear from Jack Eichel, Zach Bogosian, Rasmus Dahlin and Phil Housley following Saturday's shootout loss:


Jack Eichel:

On the result of Saturday's game: "We did some good things, obviously it's a really good team over there. It's a good point for us."

On what worked for the power play: "I just thought we were moving it well... I thought we were taking what they were giving us... We got some loose pucks and everyone chipped in."



Zach Bogosian: 

On the constant injuries to the defense: There are plenty of guys back there that can play big minutes... it's tough playing five [defensemen] in a building like that."

On Carter Hutton: "He made some big saves all game... he did a really good job of keeping us in it by making some really big saves at key times. Both of our goalies have done that this season."



Rasmus Dahlin:

On playing the defending Stanley Cup champions: "We knew it was one of the best teams in the league.. Hutton played great. It's not fun to lose but it's a very big point."

On playing with Ristolainen on PP: We had three goals on the power play, so the power play is good but we need to score in the final five [minutes] too.



Phil Housley: 

On Saturday's result: "I think we won the special teams battle, but we didn't win the hockey game... at times we were trying to make the right decisions with the puck but didn't get it deep enough."

On the penalty kill: "It was excellent. Our penalty kill did a really good job against a top power play unit, especially in this building... It's just unfortunate we didn't win the game."


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