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From the Locker Room: Sabres-Rangers

Marco Scandella, Ryan O'Reilly, Sam Reinhart and Phil Housley address the media after the 5-1 loss to New York on Saturday

March 24, 2018 - 9:26 pm

The Buffalo Sabres were throttled by the New York Rangers on Saturday night to the tune of a 5-1 drubbing at Madison Square Garden.

In a span of time between the end of the first period and the opening moments of the second, the Rangers scored goals on four consecutive shots en route to the blowout victory.

Buffalo starting goaltender Robin Lehner was pulled in the second period after allowing four goals on just 12 shots. Reliever Linus Ullmark allowed one goal the rest of the way.

Sabres forward Sam Reinhart tallied the lone goal for the blue and gold late in the third period on the powerplay.

Go inside the locker room to hear from Marco Scandella, Ryan O'Reilly, Sam Reinhart and Phil Housley following the loss.


Marco Scandella:

Short and sweet: "We have to get better with our decision making without the puck. Tonight was embarrassing."

Play for one another: "We have to respect each other. Tonight's not good enough at all. We have to get better. We have to wake up tomorrow, and get better. Shot totals don't matter, it's our play without the puck."



Ryan O'Reilly:

Good start fell apart: "At the start we were doing things well. Then obviously, tonight's problem came to the forefront. Our defense as a team did us in and suddenly it got out of hand."

New York on cruise control: "We made it too easy on them tonight. They were flying; they were everywhere. They got their confidence and then took it and ran."



Sam Reinhart:

Mellow 20th goal celebration: "It would've been nicer to have that one impact the game a little more."

Frustrated, pressure, all of the above: "I think everyone's gripping the sticks a little too tight at the same time. That doesn't lead to much success. Everyone knows that it's happening... two goals in the last four games. I think we have to be a little more urgent in all aspects of the game. These last few games have been a great example of how tough it can be to get pucks to go in the net."



Phil Housley:

Foot-race: "Guys were beating us up the ice all night. That goes back to having respect for our own end and our own goaltender. I can't fault Robin on any of those goals. His pulling was more of an attempt to send a message to the team."

Ho-hum mentality: "We've lot a little bit of that urgency lately. We're forcing things instead of letting the game come to us. There has to be a serious urgency to play better defensively all around."


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