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From the Locker Room: Sabres-Flyers

Hear from Robin Lehner, Zemgus Girgensons, Ryan O'Reilly and Phil Housley following the 2-1 loss in Philadelphia on Thursday night

December 14, 2017 - 10:23 pm

The Buffalo Sabres were a guest in Wells Fargo Center on Thursday evening, as they looked to stunt the recent strong play of the Philadelphia Flyers. Both teams entered the contest with matching four-game points streaks with Buffalo (2-0-2) in their last four, and Philadelphia boasting a (4-0-0) record immediately after losing 10 consecutive games beforehand. After a hot start in the first period in which both teams matched goals in a span of under three minutes, the game slowed until the latter part of the second period. Philadelphia tacked on the go-ahead, game-winning goal as the Sabres lost a tough one by the final score of 2-1.

Go inside the locker room to hear from Robin Lehner, Zemgus Girgensons, Ryan O'Reilly and Phil Housley following the loss.


Robin Lehner:

On the close affair: "It was a tight game. I think the first period was a little off for both teams. I think we felt each other out a little bit. [The Flyers] took advantage of us in the second; had a good second period, then did a pretty good job shutting us down in the third."

On how he feels about his game: "I felt good today. It was unfortunate, I kind of slipped on the first goal swinging my stick. I lost my balance, but from there I think I made some good saves. The defense helped me out, too, but we have to get back and win tomorrow. It's been a better stretch mentally for all of us, and we want to get back to that."



Zemgus Girgensons:

On the effort, and some past demons rearing their ugly heads: "I thought we did a pretty good job in the first. We had a lot of offensive zone time. In the second, though, we started making the same mistakes we've been making in the past, like turnovers in the neutral zone. They took advantage of that, and that was the difference in the game."

On Philadelphia's stingy defensive play, making it tough for entries: "I don't think it was them as much as it was us. It was more on us just to get those pucks in deep and playing simpler, instead."



Ryan O'Reilly:

On the back-and-forth possessional affair:  "I don't think we created enough in the neutral zone, but we lost the game in the second period there. It took too much out of us. We were chasing the puck too much, we couldn't get into a rhythm, and it starts with myself. Shorten my shifts, do the little details better. It was too tough; by the third, we were pretty gassed. We couldn't get it going like we needed to."

On his line's aggressive forechecking and pressure: "[Kyle] Okposo and Girgensons played really well tonight. They made a lot happen. I thought we should've been on the board a couple more times. We had some grade-A chances."



Phil Housley:

On what changed for Buffalo between the first and second periods:  "Execution. Breakouts out of our own end. Defensive zone faceoff wins. We didn't execute in the neutral zone, we didn't get the puck behind [Philadelphia] when we had the opportunity. That's where the momentum shifted."

Philadelphia didn't blanket us, per sé, we were just lacking in certain areas: "We had control of the game in the first period. They got a fortunate bounce on the first goal; it hits a stick and we're out of position. I think Robin may have hit a rut or something, because it was unusual by him.  Otherwise, he played a solid game and kept us in there. It was more or less what we didn't do. When we do the right things and play the right way, we get results."


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