The Buffalo Sabres ended their tumultuous season on a high note with a 7-1 thrashing of the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
In addition to the blowout win, Sabres forward Jeff Skinner became the team's first 40-goal scorer in a season since Thomas Vanek reached the milestone 10 years ago in 2009. Skinner (two goals), Rasmus Dahlin (one goal, one assist), Jack Eichel (two assists) and Rasmus Ristolainen (two assists) each finished the night with a two-point effort to lead the Sabres to a victory.
Let's go inside the locker room to see what Skinner, Dahlin, Sam Reinhart and head coach Phil Housley had to say following Buffalo's season-ending victory:
"[Evan Rodrigues] and [Kyle Okposo] were telling me before the game that they weren't going to shoot anything and they were looking for me out there, I saw them. Even some of the plays that didn't go our way, I think they were maybe sort of forcing it to me. And then, obviously the shift there where I got it with [Eichel] and [Reinhart], they were looking for me quite a bit on that shift. I think it's nice to be able to share with guys like that. I think guys feel like they're a big part of it, because they are. And, yeah, it was cool to get that one."