Sabres v Sharks – complacency, composure and controversy

On Tuesday night in San Jose, the Buffalo Sabres downed the Sharks 5-4 in a shootout. But, the moment creating quite a stir through social media was an apparent missed goal. Take a look…

Adding a little more fuel to the situation, the four goals given up by the Sharks in regulation were the most they’ve allowed this season.

After the game, here’s what was being said in both locker rooms regarding the night’s action…

Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan: “This was a fear of mine. That we would get complacent. And that we would turn it up when we had to, and that was what we got. We were outworked for a large part of the game, and out-detailed certainly. We weren’t anywhere near what we need to be to play against anybody in this League.”

Joe Thornton: “A couple of them were our fault, but they played good tonight. They got a lot of good looks on Nemo, we just kind of gift-wrapped them a couple of goals. The late push we needed probably got us a point, but I think we have to work on our shootouts a little bit more.”

Tyler Kennedy: “We have to make sure we keep the puck in their end, and keep it out of ours. It was good to get my second one out there, especially at home. It gives me a little more confidence and hopefully I can run with that confidence and get a little bit better each game. My center and winger really help me out, Pav and Nieto, so a lot of credit to them too.”

Logan Couture: “We have to find a way to win, we didn’t play very well– that was obvious if you watched the game. Sloppy. Turnovers. Power play was sloppy. D-zone was sloppy. We just didn’t show up ready to play. We waited until the third period to turn it on. You know, we got a point, but we have to try to find a way to win in shootouts.”

Sabres Head Coach Ron Rolston: “I thought our bench was good all night. We kept our composure, that was probably the loudest atmosphere we’ve been in all season when they got that third goal. It was good that those guys were able to bounce back and put some shifts together.”

Rasmus Ristolainen: “We got a huge score before it went to the third [period]. We got that one, and then they got two, and then it started to look pretty bad. It was huge to get two points.”

Marcus Foligno: “Huge win. We played an unbelievable team and came out with the win. Just the way we played out there, it was fun.”

Henrik Tallinder: “We just wanted to play hockey the way we want to. Don’t get down on ourselves because yeah, there were some mistakes out there, but we didn’t get down after that. I thought our biggest step was what we did after the mistakes– we stood up for ourselves.”

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