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From the Locker Room: Sabres-Hurricanes

Hear from Jake McCabe, Evander Kane, Jack Eichel and Phil Housley after a wild 5-4 OT loss to Carolina on Friday night

December 15, 2017 - 11:06 pm

The Buffalo Sabres welcomed the Carolina Hurricanes into KeyBank Center on a snowy Friday evening in Western New York. While Buffalo dropped the decision in overtime by a final score of 5-4, the game itself did not disappoint thanks, in part, to Jack Eichel's first career hat-trick that fueled a third period, two-goal comeback to force the extra time.

Go inside the locker room to hear from Jake McCabe, Evander Kane, Jack Eichel, and Phil Housley following the loss.


Jake McCabe:

On the rollercoaster affair: "There was definitely waves of momentum. I liked our game for the most part, but we had too many mistakes that led to goals. Where our game's at right now, we can't afford those, though we did show good resiliency coming back. Jack [Eichel] obviously leading the charge, taking over the game there. We still didn't get the two points, though, and at the end of the day it's just not good enough."

On Jack taking over the game when they needed him to: "It's just the kind of player he is. He wants to win every night. He's the guy that puts a lot of burden on himself to produce. Tonight he did that for us."



Evander Kane:

On what got the team rejuvinated and back into the game late: "The goals. We came out, got the lead in the third period, made it 2-1, then they score two quick ones there. We responded quickly, but it's a tough one to swallow because we had our chances and I definitely had my chances."

On the team battling back when down tonight, rather than curling up like in the past: "I think we've done a good job of battling back and battling in the third period(s) and not quitting, but at the end of the day it's not good enough. I'm a big reason why it's not good enough. I should know better that ice is not very good in overtime; just fire the puck and put it away."



Jack Eichel:

On his career game: "I don't really think you think about it. You don't really ever go into a game saying that you're going to try and get a hat trick. You always want to just help your team try to win the game and take what the game gives to you and try to do the things that make you successful. I thought I was shooting the puck pretty well tonight. Credit to some guys; I thought [McCabe] played really well... two really good plays there. Kane and [Pominville] were big too, so there was a lot of good things. At the end of the day, we only get one point, and it stings a little bit."

On how the mistakes for the team seemed to all pile up in the same time during the game: "It's a bit frustrating. I don't know who broke their stick, it might've been [Beaulieu] on the back end, and the Kane goes off to change and puck comes up his wing... just bad timing. The other two [goals], we can look at and try to fix. There's some things we obviously have to get better at in our defensive zone. We did some good things, but at as a group we obviously want to get better. It's not good enough to get a point. That seems like a reoccurring theme as of late. We've had good efforts. We've put ourselves in games with opportunities to get wins and we're coming out with overtime losses. It's a bit frustrating. We just have to move on from it."



Phil Housley:

On the effort: "I thought we had real good control of the game up until the third period. It's a recognition part; when the puck changes possession, we need to have the urgency to come back. It was a bad break that Kane broke his stick on that one goal, but when you're in that position and you see the amount of games that we've played (five games in eight nights), I hand it it our guys to find the energy to come back and tie the game. It was a great effort on their part."

On Jack's night: "I think something must've been triggered because he started shooting the puck, even coming down off a bad angle... Carolina, they're the number one shot attempt team in the league... we wanted to take a little bit of that recipe and throw as many pucks at the net as possible. You look at his first goal: we throw a puck to the net, he gets a rebound. Then he took matters into his own hands a little bit there in the third and found a way to tie the game. It was a great effort on his part."


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