From the Locker Room: Sabres-Sharks

Hear from Jeff Skinner, Rasmus Ristolainen, Nathan Beaulieu and Phil Housley after Buffalo's 3-2 OT win over San Jose

Kyle Powell
November 27, 2018 - 10:10 pm

Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig - USA TODAY Sports


What a way to get to 10 wins in a row.

The Buffalo Sabres' two-goal lead was erased in the third period, but it was Jeff Skinner (shocker) netting the game-winning overtime goal against Martin Jones and the San Jose Sharks to seal a 3-2 win at KeyBank Center. Buffalo tied a franchise record by reaching double digits in the consecutive wins department for the first time since the start of the 2006-07 season.

Let's go inside the locker room to hear from Skinner, fellow goal-scorers Rasmus Ristolainen and Nathan Beaulieu, as well as Phil Housley following the 3-2 victory:


Jeff Skinner:

On the game-winning overtime shift: "We pressured hard that whole shift. Was lucky enough to fall into one in the slot."

Can't forget the goaltending: "I think [Carter] Hutton made some great saves for us, especially late in regulation and into overtime."

Different game, different hero: "Each night we've had different guys step at key times. You have to have that in this league, there's too many good teams around you."

On Ristolainen's celebration: "It was alright, I guess. Good footwork there *snickers*."



Rasmus Ristolainen:

On his goal: "Tried to take the puck to the net. Got a step on him and it went in."

On his celebration: "I don't score too often so I don't plan my celebrations, but I felt great."

More on his Hockey Fights Cancer Night goal: "That goal was for my grandfather. He passed away a year ago to cancer."



Nathan Beaulieu:

On his goal: "It's a special night with a lot of emotions. It was a big goal. An amazing way to end a special night."

KeyBank was ROCKING: "Coming from Montreal, the Bell Centre is one of the craziest buildings in the league. Tonight, this place sounded like that. It was nice to see them getting involved, with the chanting and all. We encourage it."

Two cents on Ristolainen's celebration: "*Joking* That was embarrassing. That was awful. Ruined a beautiful goal, but if he keeps scoring it's fine by me."



Phil Housley:

On the effort: "Guys dug in. It seems like guys are comfortable with playing in overtime and you saw that on display tonight."

Netminders answering the bell: "Our goaltending has been terrific. Whenever we need a big save, they've made it for us. Plus, our 5-on-5 play has been much improved this season."

On Jeff Skinner: "He has a knack for being in the right place in the right time. You can see that's the case based off the goals he's scored."


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