From the Locker Room: Sabres-Islanders

See what Victor Olofsson, Jack Eichel, Jeff Skinner, Carter Hutton and Phil Housley had to say after Buffalo's 5-1 loss to the Islanders

Derek Kramer
March 30, 2019 - 11:40 pm

Photo: Dennis Schneidler - USA TODAY Sports


The Buffalo Sabres got out-classed by the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday night by a score of 5-1.

Buffalo has not won on the road since January 29 and have lost 13 of their last 14 games overall. Buffalo did get a bright spot late in the loss as winger Victor Olofsson scored his first career NHL goal on a power play.

Let's head inside the locker room to see what Olofsson, Jack Eichel, Jeff Skinner, Carter Hutton and head coach Phil Housley had to say following the loss:


Victor Olofsson:

On his first career NHL goal: "Obviously, that's very nice to get that first goal. We wanted to win and we didn't get it."

"First of all, I got a great pass from Jack [Eichel] there and I saw Reinhart coming in front of the goalie, screening him. I was trying to hit that far side and it went in."

On the team's poor effort tonight: "I feel like they came out really strong, but I feel like we worked our way back in the first period a little bit. Then, obviously, it didn't go the way we wanted, so we just got to get right back at it tomorrow."



Jack Eichel:

On if the team is quitting on coach Phil Housley: "No, we're not quitting on Phil, we're not quitting on each other. We're just not bringing it. That's a hockey team right there that's playing to get into the playoffs and from the first shift, we didn't execute. We weren't hard on the puck, easy to play against. So, this isn't on Phil. This isn't on Phil, this is on us... He's not out there playing the games, is he? He's not out there competing. It's not his job, it's our job."

"I don't think we've quit, I think at this point it's definitely tough. I mean, it's a struggle, it's been a long year, you can say that. Quit? No. We're going to play tomorrow and we should be mad about this and bring our best effort."



Jeff Skinner:

On if the team is quitting on Housley or the locker room: "No. We play in the NHL. Obviously, that's a good team, they're in the playoffs and they beat us tonight in all facets of the game. And that's what it looks like when a good team plays a team that doesn't perform and doesn't play up to their standard. We're all professional athletes, we all play in the NHL, no one is quitting."



Carter Hutton:

On the team's performance against the Islanders: "I don't know how to explain this anymore, it's frustrating. I guess we have a good last ten (minutes) but teams just bury us and sit back. It's frustrating as can be, I don't know, I try to compete as best as I can. I don't know what to say right now, it's obviously frustrating and I feel like I've been dialed in, it's just so many chances and they just capitalize on us."



Phil Housley:

On what plagued the Sabres against the Islanders: "Well, it started on the opening faceoff, we don't make a [defense-to-defense] pass on the tape and it comes right back after us. This game wasn't really about X's and O's, it was just about battles. The 1-on-1 battles, they were heavier, they're a bigger team, that's why they're in the playoffs and the position they're in. We couldn't get pins in the defensive zone, we spent way too much time in the defensive zone, when we had an opportunity to make a play we didn't make a play... It was just about execution and we didn't execute very well tonight."

On if the team is quitting on their coach: "Like I said, it came down to 1-on-1 battles... whether in the offensive zone or defensive zone, we didn't win many of them and they won the majority of them."

"No, I don't think this team doesn't have heart. This team is fighting, this was a case of execution and 1-on-1 battles."


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