From the Locker Room: Sabres-Wild

November 17, 2018 - 10:39 pm

In the words of head coach Phil Housley, once again the Sabres "bent but didn't break," on their way to a 3-2 win in Minnesota over the Wild on Saturday night. After falling down 2-0 early in the first period, the Sabres battled back for the second night in a row to earn two points, and get their fifth straight win.

Jake McCabe was able to cut the Wild lead in half before the end of the first period with a goal that stemmed from a nifty pass by Rasmus Dahlin. The rookie defenseman had arguably his best game yet as a Sabre, showing off his skating and playmaking ability throughout the entire night.

Dahlin got his second point of the evening in the third period when he burried his second goal of the season to tie the game at 2-2. Dahlin crashed the net and put home a rebound past Devan Dubnyk after the Sabres took a few good whacks at the puck in front of the goal.

The Sabres go-ahead score came with a minute and a half left in the game. Jason Pominville potted the winning tally after he rejoined Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner on a line in the third period. The group saw a ton off success earlier in the season and were able to strike again at a key time for Buffalo.

Linus Ullmark stood tall in goal and played a spectacular game after a shaky first ten minutes in which he gave up two goals.Ullmark finished the evening with 37 saves on 39 shots faced.

With the win the Sabres are now in a three-way tie with Minnesota and Columbus for the fourth-most points in the NHL (26) and are on a five-game winning streak, their longest since March 2012.

Let's go inside the locker room to hear from Pominville, McCabe, Dahlin and Phil Housley after the come-from-behind win in Minnesota over the Wild.


Jason Pominville:

On winning games during tough stretch: "Our last four or five games have been challenging. We've been down and we've found ways to come back. We've scored goals and then given up a goal the next shift and still found ways to win. There's been a lot of momentum swings but our goalie played great and we found a way to win, so we'll take it."

On difference between this year's team and last year's: "Last year we came in and didn't play the way we wanted and today going down two goals in the first period you're kind of thinking 'is this going to happen again?' But it goes to show we have a different group with a different mindset and different attitude. We stuck with it and found a way to win. It shows a lot about our team."




Jake McCabe:

On winning in Minnesota and Winnipeg: "This back-to-back is probably one of the toughest I've played in my time in the league. [Winnipeg and Minnesota] are two tough buildings to win in and to pull the wins out like we did is just phenomenal and it gives us a lot of confidence moving forward."

On Dahlin's performance: "You could see he had his swagger out there. He had his confidence, he was moving the puck and shakin' and bakin' out there. He's really fun to watch as a player in general and tonight he was on top of his game."




Rasmus Dahlin:

On team's "never say die" mindset: "We always know if we're down two goals we know we can come back and I love to have that feeling. I love playing for this team."

On his game-tying goal: "I know [Bogosian] has a great shot so he fired it in and I was just trying to look for the puck and I saw it and was able to put it in the net. It was a great feeling."




Phil Housley:

On team's resiliency: "I give the players credit, it's all them. I think they're getting rewarded right now for their hard work. We stayed the course, it was much like the [Winnipeg] game yesterday where we bent a little but didn't break. That's a credit to our guys because it easily could've gotten away from us."

On moving Pominville back to Eichel & Skinner's line: "I was just looking for a spark. Pommer's minutes were a little bit low, so we got him up there with Jack and it's just funny how things work out that he was able to score the winning goal against his former team, that's great for him."




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