Sabres need to learn from Tuesday's loss

October 26, 2016 - 12:25 pm
The Buffalo Sabres got back to practice on Wednesday at the KeyBank Center after losing a three-goal lead in Philadelphia on Tuesday in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Flyers.

Buffalo got three second-period goals to chase Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth from the net. The Sabres controlled the pace of play leading up to the second intermission. But in the final 20-minutes of play, poor puck management, and untimely penalties would cost the Sabres.

"I think our second period was really good," Sabres forward Marcus Foligno said after practice. "Three goals in the second, two of them on the powerplay. That's a good period for us. The losses we've given up this year have come from bad puck management. Silly plays where we should just be getting [the puck] deep and wearing teams down. We're losing leads because of that."

Philadelphia would score on all three powerplay chances in the third, two in the final 3:20 of the game, and would go on to beat the Sabres in the shootout. While the Sabres have dropped to 1-2-2 on the season, now is not the time to panic.

"We're not happy with our last game by any means. It's not acceptable," Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges said. "We can't hit the panic button right now and start freaking out. We just have to correct the things we can correct, make sure we're focused on the job we need to do, and when it comes time to play we have to play for 60 minutes. I hate to say that because it's a cliché, but the proof is in the pudding last night."

"We know it's not the start that we wanted," Sabres forward Ryan O'Reilly said. "We want to be in a much different position, but there's [more games to come]. It's not about looking at the big picture, it's about looking at the next game. We need to have a start. Our start in Philly was not what we wanted. We were riding on Anders [Nilsson] too much. We have to get back to winning the blue lines quick and right away."

The Sabres hit the ice Wednesday looking to make adjustments to the mistakes made in the third period the night before. Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma is hoping his team learns from this game, while not forgetting what they did do wrong in order to avoid these mistakes from happening again.

"I don't want to ever forget about this one. I think we can't forget it," Bylsma said. "If we want to be a good team, if we want to be a winning team, this is a game where we have to learn a lesson with how we played it. We have to learn a lesson with how we're going to play moving forward, and one we should never let happen again."

"You have to learn from it," Sabres captain Brian Gionta said. "You have to go in and realize the mistakes that we made. But at the same time, you can't really dwell on it because coming into to tomorrow night, you don't want it to snowball into something more negative. We need to cut it off at that, learn from the mistakes, and come out tomorrow ready to play as a group."

The lines and defensive pairings remained the same at practice as they did in Tuesday's game. They look like this:

Moulson - O'Reilly - Okposo
Girgensons - Reinhart - Ennis
Foligno - Larsson - Gionta
Deslauriers - Grant - Fasching

Gorges - Ristolainen
Kulikov - Bogosian
McCabe - Franson

Sabres goalie Robin Lehner did not practice once again on Wednesday with an illness. Bylsma said following practice that he hopes that Lehner will get better within the coming days, but gave no update on his status for Thursday night.

Pre-Game coverage of the Sabres and Wild on WGR gets underway at 6 p.m. on Thursday with Mike Schopp and the Bulldog. Faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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