From the Locker Room: Sabres-Panthers

February 19, 2019 - 9:13 pm

Despite entering the third period with a 1-0 lead, the Buffalo Sabres were sunk, 4-2, thanks to four unanswered goals from the Florida Panthers in Sunrise, Florida.  It was the third straight decision that Buffalo has dropped; being out-scored 14-5 over the span of those three losses.

Let's head inside the locker room to hear from Jack Eichel, Vladimir Sobotka, Jake McCabe and Phil Housley after the loss.


Jack Eichel:

On the third period collapse: "Just a couple lapses; mistakes. They ended up in their net. We're a fragile group right now. Things seem to be going the opposite of how they were. It's an uphill climb for us."

On his goal called back for offsides: "I think at the time, you're trying to make a play at the blue-line. It's bang-bang. What's the rule? Full possession. Feel like I had half-possession. It's a turning point for sure."



Vladimir Sobotka:

On the implosion: "We made some mistakes. They have good players and they scored off them. Just need to be better defensively."

Fragility on the ice: "It feels like we give up one goal and things go downhill. It's a tough loss."



Jake McCabe:

Only yourself to blame: "When you're in this kind of rut, you have to work that much harder to get out of it."

Not as soft as it seems: "I don't think we feel fragile. Nobody around the league feels sorry for us. We're the only ones who can get out of this. A good game against Tampa Bay could be something to jump-start us again."



Phil Housley:

Keys to a rebound: "We have to focus more on our own game in critical times. Make the right play, do the right thing. I think guys are still really good on the bench. They kept fighting all the way through."

Faith in the room: "I think they believe in each other, and I believe in this group. We have to keep fighting. There's a lot of belief in this room, in the coaching staff and the players."


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