From the Locker Room: Sabres-Flames

March 7, 2018

On Wednesday night the Calgary Flames poured it on as visitors to KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY. Shooting early and scoring often, the Flames crushed the Sabres by a final score of 5-1.

Calgary forwards Sam Bennett, Johnny Gaudreau and Mark Jankowski all registered two points, while defensemen T.J. Brodie and Mark Giordano each added to the barrage with a pair of points, as well.

Buffalo starting goaltender Chad Johnson allowed four goals on 22 shots before being pulled in favor of Robin Lehner six minutes into the second period. The blue and gold were able to spoil the shutout with 17.1 seconds left in regulation on the back of Casey Nelson's second goal of the year.

Go inside the locker room to hear from Chad Johnson, Ryan O'Reilly, Casey Nelson and Phil Housley following the loss.


Chad Johnson:

On the game: "[Calgary] got some bounces that just found their way through. It wasn't a very good game. Everyone could see it. I didn't have a good game and I have to rebound from this. We have to move on."

Calgary was hungrier: "They wanted it more than us and we got exactly what we deserved."



Ryan O'Reilly:

Attacked right off the bat: "It wasn't good right from the start. It's a lesson for us, though. What may have worked the day before may not work anymore."

Mental game: "We got caught thinking too much. We weren't playing loose, the way we had been that brought us some success. We have to get back to that, otherwise teams will continue to skate all around us."



Casey Nelson:

Lack of execution: "We were fumbling the puck and failed to communicate from the get-go. We were standing still a ton, not keeping our feet moving all the time."

Emotional letdown after a huge win over Toronto: "It's hard on you, but we've got more games ahead to get things right."



Phil Housley:

Bystanders: "That's a good phrase for it: standing around watching. From top to bottom, it was really ugly. You think we're going in the right direction and I understand we had an emotional win over Toronto, but it just shows with a desperate team [like Calgary] can do to us just days later."

Jekyll and Hyde: "For us it's about measuring consistency on a game-to-game basis. It's easy to say tonight was just an 'off night', but I disagree. Too many guys were playing lax and opted to 'cheat-to-compete' rather than giving it their all."