From the Locker Room: Sabres-Senators

March 08, 2018 - 10:51 pm

The Buffalo Sabres went to only their second shootout of the 2017-18 season against the Ottawa Senators tonight, and for the first time year, they emerged victorious. The teams ended regulation tied at three goals apiece, and neither side was able to net the winner in the 3-on-3 overtime before the shootout commenced.

Jacob Josefson's walk-off goal in round three gave the Sabres a 4-3 win on Thursday evening.

Go inside the locker room to hear from Scott Wilson, Sam Reinhart, Robin Lehner and Phil Housley following the win.


Scott Wilson:

Intermission message: "Going into the third period there, we were one shot away. We made that clear to everyone and we answered. Especially, on the back end of a back-to-back, this was huge."

On his goal: "I just tried to get in position for [O'Reilly] and he put it on my tape and on the second effort it went in."



Sam Reinhart:

On his goal: "When things aren't going well, it's going to be a quick play that gets you out of it. It was a nice one to get in that situation."

Recent hot stretch, crediting his linemates: "Lately they've been falling to the right spots. [Pouliot] did a great job to get the puck situated and get it back to me."



Robin Lehner:

Winning in shootout fashion: "It was nice. We needed this one today, badly. It was a pretty fun game."

Getting creative in the shootout: "[Mike Hoffman] looked like he was going to pull a [Peter] Forsberg-like move on me and I had to make a split-second decision."

Gain of confidence in a place that has been otherwise horrific: "[Referring to his shootout victory..] ..Just like how when goal scorers haven't scored in awhile, it sometimes just takes one to get your confidence back."



Phil Housley:

Much better effort: "I think our focus and response tonight was much better. After having a poor effort in our own building, I liked the way we started. We were physical and you could see the determination in our players. Everyone contributed tonight."

Second period hiccup: "We lost respect of our men in our own area. It was a bit of lack of position. Even so, I liked our response in the third period. We responded well to a team with a push and took the adversity in stride."

Update on Okposo: "He was sidelined with an upper-body injury. Just one of those freak things. We'll know more tomorrow."


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