From the Locker Room: Sabres-Panthers

March 2, 2018

The Buffalo Sabres lost at the hands of the streaking Florida Panthers on Friday evening to the tune of a 4-1 final.

Sam Reinhart stayed hot in 2018, netting his 15th goal in the first period, but the blue and gold gained no traction following his tally.  Florida registered the final three goals of the evening en route to a victory for the "Cats".

Go inside the locker room to hear from Robin Lehner, Sam Reinhart, Kyle Okposo and Phil Housley following the loss.


Robin Lehner:

Puck luck: "They score two off the faceoff in the first. It wasn't really bouncing our way tonight. Solid game, but the puck was clicking for them more than us."

On Barkov: "Falk played him very well. He doesn't have much to work with, but it goes off my stick and up off the bar and in."



Sam Reinhart:

Chances all night: "If I bury a couple more we're right back in that game. I thought I gave myself some good looks and was unable to capitalize on them."

Offense clicking, not finishing: "We were strong on the puck. Offensively we were able to factor in the defense. O'Reilly made a ton of good plays, but it was unfortunate it didn't go our way in the end."



Kyle Okposo:

Florida playing for something: "They're fighting for a playoff spot and that was their best. They came out and took it to us the majority of the game. They played hard and they played desparate."

Grade-A chances all night: "They had a lot of chances tonight. Bit of a frustrating game, but they're fighting for their playoff lives. That would've been a good game to win for us. Those are the type of barometer games. If we're going to do that this late in the season, those are the type of games that we have to set our bar at."



Phil Housley:

Attention to detail brought to forefront with struggles: "We can't give up two defensive zone faceoff goals against. That's just attention to detail. We talked about that before the game. That's just awareness and not picking up our checks."

On the late-third period scrums: "Guys are just playing with some emotion down 4-1. We should have that aggression more at the start of the game, it would help us finish some checks early on."