From the Locker Room: Sabres-Jets

January 09, 2018 - 10:56 pm
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Jack Eichel (2 G, 1 A) and Ryan O'Reilly (1 G, 2 A) both had three-point nights, but the Sabres fell 7-4 to the Winnipeg Jets at KeyBank Center on Tuesday. Robin Lehner stopped 14 shots before heading to the bench early in the 2nd period in favor of Chad Johnson.

See what Eichel, O'Reilly and Lehner told the media following the game.

Jack Eichel:

On the Sabres failing to build momentum after scoring: "Maybe it's that we think that we'll change our gameplan or style after a goal. Maybe make a play that you wouldn't make if you were tied. I'm not sure. Shifts after goals are really important. It's important to get the puck into their zone and try and keep that momentum going. They get a shot from the point there and just like that, you feel like the momentum goes back on their side."

On how each member of the team can be better: "It's tough. As a group, I think we all need to work on our play in our own zone, breaking the puck out as a unit, helping our goalies out. I think we're just giving up too much right now. All four lines right now, all defense and both goalies probably want to get better."

On what he can improve himself: "I need to get better in the d-zone. A few bad bounces, but you kind of have to create your own luck and your own bouncs. We all need to work better as a five man unit to break the puck out and keep our game simple."

Ryan O'Reilly

Inconsistent offense and defense has led to why we're here: "I think that's why in the situation we're in. We have to find that consistent effort on both ends of the puck. Wh3en we don't have it, we have to defend better. When we do have it, we have to consistently get the puck in and be heavy."

The offense was there, but the defense was not: "We started to get a little more offensively, but the big thing was you need a little more excitement in the d-zone. We didn't have enough energy there or excitement to just get the puck in."

Robin Lehner

Need to player the style we're best at: "Stick to what works for us. That's what I think all of us are trying to figure out. Why don't we stick to that? As soon as we play an east-west game, it comes right back at us. When we chip and support and do what we're told, we're in games."

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