Phil Housley had stressed how important the two available points were for the Buffalo Sabres against the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday night. The Sabres began the night trailing the Coyotes by one point at the bottom of the standings, leaving a lot of pride on the line in their matchup.
Having an opportunity to climb out of the cellar made the outcome all the more disappointing. The Sabres only trailed by a goal going into the second intermission but managed just six shots in the third period of an eventual 4-1 loss. Housley voiced his frustration with his team's work level after the game.
"It's an opportunity to get back in the game, and they outworked us in the third period," he said. "I'm telling the group that we have 10 periods left to play in this building [this season], that's what's the frustrating part, because it's not the way we have played, it's not the response we're looking for. It's disappointing."