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From the Locker Room: Sabres-Wild

Hear from Jason Pominville, Jordan Nolan, Ryan O'Reilly, Chad Johnson and Phil Housley following the 5-4 loss to Minnesota on Wednesday

November 22, 2017 - 10:45 pm

The Buffalo Sabres took on the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night at KeyBank Center as part of their third game of a four game homestand. Buffalo was looking to kick the bucket on a six-game losing streak, and also hoped to spoil the homecoming of former Sabre draftees Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno. The game was a back-and-forth affair, but come the final horn of regulation, the song remained the same: The Sabres lost yet again by a final score of 5-4, pushing the losing streak to seven.

Go inside the locker room to hear from Jason Pominville, Jordan Nolan, Ryan O'Reilly, Chad Johnson and Phil Housley following the loss:


Jason Pominville:

On giving up "free" opportunities: "[Minnesota] is a good rush team, they capitalize on their powerplay chances, and we gave up rush chances. You can't win that way. You can't win against a good team that way; it's an area we have to get better at. It's been addressed, and we have to put this behind us and move forward."

On the team's stronger start to the game: "We got a pretty good start but, again, we get the first goal and hand them a few opportunities. [Minnesota] capitalized on them... again we handed them some opportunities. We had a push at the end but you're not going to win games when you're always pushing and trying to come back in games. We have to find a way to be more consistent."



Jordan Nolan:

On why the team cannot get over "the hump": "I think we have to start holding guys accountable. Start being honest with ourselves and our teammates. We're turning pucks over and not working hard. It kind of slips itself under the rug. If someone does turn [the puck] over; they don't chip it in at the red line or blue line, we have to say something. This team hasn't been too successful over the years and it needs to change or it's going to be a long, long season and a few seasons to come if that's the way it is."

On his time with the L.A. Kings, and how that tenure differs from his time as a Sabre: "If I made a mistake [in L.A.], like in my fifth year, I would have guys telling me 'you need to work harder, you need to chip that puck in'. I remember Jeff Carter telling me a few times when I was younger that I need to work harder, or that my shifts were too long. That's just little things. That's what I learned coming into the league. I think we're missing that in this room. Guys are young. They need to be told."



Ryan O'Reilly:

On the same old song and dance: "Couple mistakes early, I myself made a mistake early. Gave up a goal. It's unacceptable. I'm very disappointed in myself. I don't think I was there tonight. We have to stick together. Couple goals happen, we just fall apart. It's my job to do a lot better, and keep guys together."



Chad Johnson:

On his night not going as planned: "It was disappointing. I thought we had a good start. We scored first, were doing the right things that we needed to, and then their first goal was a bad goal. Unfortunately it was sort of a turning point there for that whole [first] period. It's one I definitely know I can save, and want back."



Phil Housley:

On Nolan's comments in reference to comparing L.A.'s team mentality to Buffalo's: "What they talk about in the locker room is their own personal [business]. They can talk about it, but for me I don't think we followed the gameplan for 60 minutes."

On how to change the team mentality, approach on game nights: "I think they have to make a decision internally to play the right way, because right now we're chasing games. I really liked the fight that we had to the end.. we had another look. When you chase games though, that's a losing recipe."

On the "improv" approach enforced by the forwards: "It's a game of mistakes. It's decisions and choices at the wrong time of the game. We get the first goal, and all we have to do is continue to stay the course. It's one mistake here, one mistake there that guys are making which leads to us not playing the right way."


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