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From the Locker Room: Sabres-Kings

Marco Scandella, Jason Pominville, Johan Larsson, Robin Lehner and Phil Housley address the media after the 4-2 loss to Los Angeles on Saturday

February 17, 2018 - 3:29 pm

The Buffalo Sabres played host to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday for an afternoon tilt at KeyBank Center. Buffalo was looking to extend their head-to-head home winning streak over the Kings to nine, having not lost at home since 2003.

On this day, it was all Los Angeles as they jumped out to a 1-0 lead after one, and a 4-0 advantage after 40 minutes of play. Though the Sabres netted a couple of goals in the final regulation period, it was too little, too late as they were dispatched by a 4-2 score.

Go inside the locker room to hear from Marco Scandella, Jason Pominville, Johan Larsson, Robin Lehner and Phil Housley following the loss.


Marco Scandella:

Not ready once again: "We weren't ready to play. We didn't bring enough energy into our building. It's unacceptable."

Difference in mentalities: "We definitely weren't engaged enough. They were playing playoff-type hockey. We're going to have to step it up next game and figure it out. We have to address things in our locker room. That's the bottom line."



Jason Pominville:

L.A.'s winning formula: "They defend hard, they battle... they keep it simple, and they win games. They've won multiple [Stanley] Cups that way. You saw the way they started the game. That's why they've been so successful."

Deadline rumors keeping teammates' minds elsewhere?: "I hope not. I mean, we still have games to play. We still have areas where we want to improve and build on. There's probably guys who are on edge, but this two, two-and-a-half hours where you get away from everything and just out there and play and work hard. You can't be sitting and thinking and waiting for something to happen. If you are, you're not in the right business."



Johan Larsson:

Another slow start: "I think we're too hesitant going to battle. We're giving them too much time to make plays instead of going to see what happens. Sitting back is not good."

Home woes: "We don't want to lose. We especially want to win at home. Been a real struggle at home this year."



Robin Lehner:

Wish the third period was the template of the whole game: "In the third period we were dumping pucks and following our structure. In the first period, we didn't. When you go and dump pucks and play hard and finish checks, you see what happens."

Regaining confidence: "It's a tough environment here right now. Been a tough little stretch here for me at home. I was really confident the first 15-17 games; top in the league here. But my last 4-5 games I haven't been able to find that confidence in here."



Phil Housley:

Individual change at this point: "We prepare the same way we do every game. I think it's up to the individual to take the information that's given to them and use it. At the same time, you have to know that the Los Angeles Kings, in the position they're in, are going to come with a push. We weren't prepared for that."

Disheartening: "It's really disappointing. Thought we were making some good strides. It's unfortunate because before [these last two games] we were putting good showings together of how to check and play the right way. Today when we did have opportunities to execute, we didn't execute."

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