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Sharpen Up: November 29, 2017

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

The Sabres were unable to come away with a goal for the second game in a row as they lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 last night at KeyBank Center. Buffalo is 1-7-2 over its last 10 games and will welcome the Pittsburgh Penguins to town on Friday.

Here's what you need to know.


About last night

Video: BUF Recap: Sabres can't get offense going in 2-0 loss

From the Lexus Postgame Report...

Video: LEHNER: Postgame Interview

Robin Lehner, who made 24 saves in the loss, best summed up the collective feeling in the Sabres' dressing room after the game. 

"It wasn't a bad performance, but not good enough," Lehner said. "We're in a bad position … Good enough is not enough right now. We need to claw back, we need to do something special. It's unfortunate."

Video: HOUSLEY: Postgame Interview

Coach Phil Housley and the veteran players who spoke after the game echoed each other in saying the Sabres needed to show more intensity from the opening puck drop.

 "I have to look at where we're at in the standings and where the other team is at," Housley said. "I feel we need to play with more desperation from the start of the game. We can't be waiting and chasing games, and then we have to shorten the bench and all of a sudden we have the urgency when we're sort of backed into a corner. 

"We have to have some attitude when we start the game. This is our home rink. We've got to get out and establish a forecheck, show more emotion on the ice."

Video: SCANDELLA: Postgame Interview

Marco Scandella spoke with a sternness in his voice while calling for the Sabres to show more pride on their home ice, where they fell to 3-8-1 with the loss. Lehner, too, said the Sabres need to establish KeyBank Center as a place where opponents can expect to leave with a "bunch of bruises."

"We have to be ready to play from the drop of the puck," Scandella said. "It's just not good enough right now. We can't go through games not scoring goals, we can't win games that way. It's not just on the forwards, it's not just on the D or the goalie. It's a collective effort. We have to have more pride in this dressing room and we have to find a way."

Video: KANE: Postgame Interview

Buffalo returns to practice today at KeyBank Center. We'll have full coverage for you here at

Making memories

Even though the result on the ice was less than desired, it was a special night for Ethan Georger.

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: Ethan Georger's wish: Meet @Jack_Eichel11 & play hockey with him.With @MakeAWishWNY, it became reality. Welcome to tonight's game, Ethan!

Cyber Monday Sale is still on!

Tweet from @BuffaloSabres: Our Cyber Monday ticket offer has been extended!Now available through Friday - start here �� 

A time for giving

Tweet from @One_Buffalo: Today families of the @BuffaloSabres coaches and players volunteered at the @FoodBankofWNY to pack up food for the local backpack program! #OneBuffalo

And don't forget to sign up for the Sabres Holiday Angels program to help a family in need this winter! 

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