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Sharpen Up: November 21, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Sabres' came up short last night against Columbus and will be tasked with snapping a six-game losing streak tomorrow night at home when Minnesota comes to town

Here's what you need to know. 

About last night

Video: BUF Recap: Sabres late rally falls short in 3-2 loss
"You're playing against one of the best goaltenders in the league and we talked about making it difficult for him," coach Phil Housley said of Blue Jackets netminder Sergei Bobrovsky. "At times we did. That last play I thought we did an excellent job of crashing the net."

" … I think we've still got to get more pucks to the net. You can see the goals that we scored, especially that last one, was a result of that. The second period we got away from the desperation we need and the 1-on-1 battles, the compete in those areas that we need."

Sam Reinhart and Evander Kane each scored to cut down on what was a 3-0 Columbus lead midway through the third period. Buffalo turned the pressure up at that point, and nearly tied the game on a goal that ended up being disallowed with 1:46 remaining. From the Lexus Postgame Report...

Video: Postgame: HOUSLEY

"It's frustrating knowing how we can play, how we can be against really the best teams in the league," Reinhart said. "We've got to find a way to mentally demand more and expect more.

"…We're waiting too much for one break in a game. Unfortunately, as of late there hasn't been many goals for us early in games that have led to us playing the way we're capable of."

Video: Postgame: REINHART

Kane described the Sabres' effort in the third period as the product of an attitude adjustment. 

"It's a mindset, it's an attitude," he said. "It's kind of an 'F you' attitude, especially with the situation we're in. We have nothing to lose. I don't understand the starts. We score two goals tonight but we didn't get our first goal until the 10 minute mark of the third period so we're not creating enough offensively.

" … When we do decide to put pucks on net it creates opportunities to make plays off those shots if they don't go in. We've got to find a better way to get the puck towards the net. We've got to find a mindset to just put the puck on net to create opportunities for ourselves."

Video: Postgame: KANE

Buffalo will be back at practice today. We'll have full practice coverage here.


From @SabresPR's postgame notes

  • With his goal tonight, Sam Reinhart now has a point in five of his last six games against the Blue Jackets (4+1).
  • Victor Antipin's assist on Reinhart's goal gives him three assists in his last four games.
  • Ryan O'Reilly's assist gives him a three-game point streak and nine points (4+5) in his last 10 games.
  • Evander Kane's 12th goal of the season ties him for fifth in the NHL. He now has 10 points (6+4) in his last 10 games against Columbus, dating back to the beginning of the 2013-14 season.
  • Jack Eichel recorded his 11th primary assist of the season tonight while leading all Sabres forwards in ice time with 20:54. He is now tied for fifth in the league in primary assists.


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