From the Locker Room: Sabres-Flyers

See what Brandon Montour, Casey Mittelstadt, Jack Eichel and Phil Housley had to say after the 5-2 loss in Philadelphia

Kyle Powell
February 26, 2019 - 6:38 pm

Photo: Eric Hartline - USA TODAY Sports


The Buffalo Sabres lost their second game in as many nights with a 5-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Sabres never led in the contest, and were done in by an early 2-0 deficit early in the first period. With the loss, Buffalo was overtaken by Philadelphia in the standings, as their free fall continues in the Eastern Conference.

The bright spots of the night were Jack Eichel, who netted a power play goal and stayed hot on the scoresheet, and Casey Mittelstadt, who scored the ninth goal of his rookie campaign. Brandon Montour posted three shots in his Sabres debut.

Let's head inside the locker room to see what Montour, Mittelstadt, Eichel and Phil Housley had to say after the loss:


Brandon Montour:

On gelling with Buffalo: "I think the guys have been good to me so far. Made it an easy transition. Had a couple long days here. I felt fine, couple bone-head plays on my end but all in all it was okay."

First-time trade piece: "It's obviously different. It's my first time involved in this type of situation. It's one of those things where communication is huge between me and coaching staff and me and my teammates. Tough start but we'll get back at it."



Casey Mittelstadt:

Not gonna hang our heads: "It's an important game for us, but we're going to stick together. Pretty special group of guys we got here. Gonna keep fighting for sure. Tonight doesn't feel good, but we'll keep fighting."

On the play that set up his goal: "It was a great move by [Evan] Rodrigues. We were making short, little passes to create chances. It was a good play all around. Got lucky to finish it off."



Jack Eichel:

The difference: "They came out with more intensity than us, and more desperation. They wanted it more and we were chasing the whole time."

Collectively poor effort, no fault of the youth: "I thought some of our young guys played well tonight. It wasn't the lack of experience or whatever, we just weren't ready to play."



Phil Housley:

Trend: "I think it's disappointing because this is a game of mistakes, yet we're constantly making more mistakes than our opponents. That's not our game."

Youth not to blame: "Everybody is here for a reason. All it takes is some communication. Has nothing to do with the youth on this team or the veterans at all."


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