Scandella says improving without winning is unacceptable

November 16, 2017
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Detroit, MI (WGR 550) - The Sabres have played pretty well on the first two games of their three-game road trip, but they lost both games in overtime. That isn’t the first time this season they’ve played well and lost. Marco Scandella said that’s unacceptable because there are no moral victories, “I think guys should be a little bit pissed off. We’re out here to win games and that’s just not good enough, losing in overtime. We’ve got to find a way to win.”

Scandella got fined $5,000 by the NHL for slashing the Penguins Patrick Hornqvist. Both players got penalties because Hornqvist picked Scandella before the slash. The Sabres defenseman said, “I respect the decision of the league, I just have to keep my emotions better in check.

“One thing I will say, the backswing looked worse than it actually was. I went up and kind of changed my mind, but I still got him and it’s on me.”

Scandella said he’s not a dirty player, and he let his emotions get the best of him, “It is an emotional game, that’s hockey. I’m not out there trying to hurt anybody, it just didn’t look good and it’s out of my character, so I don’t want to do that again.”

Phil Housley understood why Scandella was upset, but he felt his player has to be smarter, “In the heat of the moment, your emotions get high, but we took a penalty when we were down one, which we’ve got to be smarter in those areas as well, but he gets picked there and I think there could’ve been a call earlier with another pick which weren’t called, but that doesn’t give him the right to take matters into his own hands, he’s just got to be smarter.”

In the past few weeks, I’ve noticed Scandella and others playing a more physical game. He said it’s something they needed to add to their game, “We’re trying to add to our game and definitely on the forecheck we’re trying to be more physical and trying to be harder to play against.” Josh Gorges and Justin Falk have also brought a physical element to the game.

Taylor Fedun suffered a lower body injury in Pittsburgh that is going to keep him out 6-8 weeks. Falk got a maintenance day from practice.

 

Thursday’s Lines:

Kane - Eichel - Reinhart

Girgensons - Larsson - Pominville

Pouliot - O’Reilly - Okposo

Nolan - Criscuolo - Griffith

 

Scandella - Nelson

McCabe - Beaulieu

Gorges - Antipin

Moulson - Baptiste

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