From the Locker Room: Sabres-Flames

October 30, 2018 - 11:31 pm

The Buffalo Sabres could not close out a tight contest against the Calgary Flames, losing 2-1 in overtime at Key Bank Center on Tuesday night. Flames winger Johnny Gaudreau scored the game winner in overtime for Calgary, while Matthew Tkachuk tied it for Calgary with just 56 seconds left to force overtime.

Jack Eichel scored the lone goal for Buffalo, while Carter Hutton made 36 saves in the loss. Jason Pominville had the lone assist on Eichel's goal.

Buffalo got another point in the standings, but fell to 6-4-2 on the season in a rough loss.

Let's head into the locker room to hear from Eichel, Hutton, Pominville and head coach Phil Housley after the overtime loss:

Jack Eichel:

On the Sabres play in the loss:

"They had a good push but I just think we didn't play well enough. I thought there wasn't enough compete, not enough fire. We were sloppy, thought at times we were ok in the O-zone but I thought we relied on our goalie too much."

On the inability to finish in regulation and overtime:

"For sure, we've got to score. It's frustrating not to get one there and then they get one. Not the way you want to end the game at all. You're at home 1-0, third period. Got a chance to win it, minute and a half left in the game, we're not able to do it."

"It's really frustrating, that's two points we need to have. It's not acceptable."


Carter Hutton:

On the team's performance overall:

"We didn't play very well. I thought we got out-played, we had a one goal lead and we couldn't find a way to get it done. Not too shocking when you don't get pucks out of your zone late, teams make you pay."

On his performance this season:

"I think I've been pretty good so far this year. Truthfully, I think you guys criticize me a lot on one or two goals. Even the games that I lost on the Cali trip, I thought I was a difference maker. You guys have your opinion, I have mine, that's all I can say on that."


Jason Pominville:

On the team's poor performance:

"Right off the drop of the puck, we weren't ready to play. They obviously have some guys that can move the puck around well, their top line is one of the best in the league and they move the puck really well. We weren't ready to play but still had a chance to win a game and weren't able to seal the deal and then get a look on the power play but not get much going. That's not the way we play, we've just got to come back to work tomorrow and be ready."

On Carter Hutton's play in net:

"That's all him. Could've easily been a lot more than that. He deserves a lot of credit, he played awesome and kept us in it and fought to the end. He deserves a lot of credit in this one, for sure."


Phil Housley:

On the team's play overall:

"Even though we did not play up to our standard, I thought we had a chance to win a hockey game... We had an opportunity to win it in overtime with the power play. Our penalty kill did an excellent job tonight and also Carter Hutton, obviously. The way he played, he was our best player once again, he gave us a chance to win."

On Hutton's play in goal:

"I just feel bad for him. He's really given us some really good, solid goaltending. He's been asked to stand on his head and that's unfortunate because even though we didn't play to our capability and it was sloppy... he still gave us an opportunity."


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