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Sharpen Up: All the Sabres news you need to know on March 6, 2020

Buffalo travels to take on the Flyers tomorrow night in Philadelphia

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres will return to practice today after a 4-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins last night. Then they'll head to Philadelphia for a game against the Flyers on Saturday. 

Stay tuned to Sabres.com for coverage throughout the day and this weekend. 

Here's what you need to know.

 

A look back at last night

Video: BUF Recap: McCabe, Johansson score in 4-2 home loss

From the Postgame Report...

Marcus Johansson laid it out plain and simple following a 4-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at KeyBank Center on Thursday. 

The Buffalo Sabres turned in strong stretches, including a second period that coach Ralph Krueger felt was one of their best of the season. The difference between winning and losing, Johansson said, was not being able to finish their chances. 

"We definitely created enough chances to score goals and I think for a lot of that game we were the better team," Johansson said. 

"Second period, we played really well and we pressured them and pushed them back but we come out emptyhanded out of that period and it's frustrating when it's like that but, you know, winning hockey games you've got to score more goals than the other team and we didn't do that."

Video: POSTGAME: Krueger

Video: POSTGAME: Johansson

Johansson and Jake McCabe scored goals for the Sabres, both of which cut the team's deficit to one. In each instance, the Penguins responded with goals of their own within the next five minutes. 

The Sabres went 0-for-3 on the power play, falling to 0-for-13 in their last six games. They have scored two goals or less in each contest during a five-game winless streak that dates back to their loss in Colorado last Tuesday. 

Buffalo had won five of six games before the loss to Colorado and was held to less than three goals just once in that span. 

"I think we've had some good games, some good stretches," McCabe said. "If you want to go through these last five games, I think it starts with the first two games of the road trip, we had tie games going into the third period and we've been playing some good hockey and then we lose those. Those are two emotional losses and [we] just haven't seemed to find our groove again."

Video: POSTGAME: McCabe

Video: POSTGAME: Kahun

Krueger said the second period, which opened with the Sabres trailing 2-1, was indicative of the way they want to play consistently. They generated the first six shots of the frame thanks to quick puck movement out of their own zone and, by extension, limited possession time for the Penguins. 

"When we do that it feels fast and we feel fast and it's threatening for the other teams as you saw it was there," Krueger said. "We had eight, nine top scoring chances in the second period but we don't bury any and so when you're not getting rewarded for that it's tough to sustain that. 

"We let up a touch in the third and we just never got that exact drive back. But, again, there's signs there of the game we need to play and the game we need to work to carry out for 60 minutes." 

Read the full recap here.


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