From the Locker Room: Sabres-Penguins

December 01, 2017 - 10:30 pm

The Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins did battle on Friday night in the first installment of a "home and home" weekend series between the two teams.  The two squads opened the series in KeyBank Center in Buffalo this evening, and will travel across state lines to culminate the mini-series in Pittsburgh in PPG Paints Arena tomorrow evening.  As for the game, it was all Penguins on this night, as Pittsburgh emerged victorious by the final score of 4-0.

Hear from Kyle Okposo, Rasmus Ristolainen, Ryan O'Reilly and Phil Housley following the loss.


Kyle Okposo:

On the team's scoring drought looming larger each day: "It's obviously difficult when you're not scoring. Three games now, no goals. We just have to be hungrier. We have to be hard to play against. Wasn't acceptable tonight."

On self-reflection after this tough stretch: "Tough to look yourself in the mirror after a game like that tonight. It's just embarrassing. We have to take more pride in here and be better. Everybody. Top to bottom. It's just not good enough. Effort's not good enough."

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Rasmus Ristolainen:

On lack of mental preparation leading up to gametime: "It's a game of mistakes and we, I, made some costly plays there. It's hard to come back against that kind of team after [3-0]."

Lack of mental prep, cont.: "It's hard to say what would happen, but it's mentally and physically tough when you make mistakes and you're down right away. I think we will fix that against them tomorrow and start working so that it looks better."

On his passing blunder on the Crosby goal: "[I] made a bad play and they scored. Should not happen at this level."

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Ryan O'Reilly:

On how he feels that his constant promising words of encouragement aren't turning into positive actions: "It's very disappointing. It sucks. I wish I had an answer for you. We have a quick turnaround here and I have to figure out my part. Everyone does. We have to see what we can do differently. It starts with myself. I have to figure it out quick."

On the first period: "I thought we did do some things well, but that [first] goal sort of set us back. I thought we came out [strong], our legs were moving, guys were skating... and then that one just took the wind out."

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Phil Housley:

On the new franchise-long shutout streak attained tonight: "It's quite embarrassing. Our coaching staff comes up with a gameplan. I just don't think we're executing said gameplan. We run into Montreal and we're up against a good goaltender. He beat us that night. [Tampa Bay's] Vasilevskiy is one of the top goaltenders in the league, but tonight we're playing a backup goaltender. We didn't take advantage of that. We came close, but you can't give a good team like that two goals to start the game. They're going to lock that in. You saw today, even though we had some fight in the third period. Bottom line though, it's embarrassing."

On Ristolainen's costly turnover, among other mistakes: "I know that wasn't part of the gameplan. Guys are going to make mistakes, sure, but they're making them at critical times at the start of the game. It's unfortunate because it puts us on our heels right away. It's a tough battle, especially when you have't been scoring. The hope is lost a little bit. It's a tough sled to get back in the game."

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