Phil Housley emphasized the importance of his team showing up on time against a Calgary Flames team that came to Buffalo on Wednesday fighting for its playoff life. But when game time came, he said, it was clear from the start that the Sabres were unprepared to match their opponent's intensity.
The Flames scored twice in the first nine minutes and five times in the first two periods of an eventual 5-1 loss for the Sabres at KeyBank Center. The Sabres entered the night with seven wins in their last 13 games, including an emotional win over Toronto at home on Monday.
"That's just where we're at as a team right now, the consistency to get up for a team that's desperate," Housley said. "You look at games against Tampa, Boston, Toronto - they're easy to get up for. And Calgary comes in here, which is a desperate team, and we didn't match that desperation. That's top to bottom."