Robin Lehner, true to form, had some strong words for his Buffalo Sabres teammates following Sunday’s 4-2 loss to the Canucks at KeyBank Center.
“It’s not even disappointing anymore, it’s starting to get … I’m starting to get angry,” Lehner said, per the Sabres’ website. “This is all talk. We’ve got to look ourselves in the mirror here.”
It was an eventful game for Lehner, who allowed four goals on 31 shots and got into an altercation with Vancouver’s Alex Burrows.
“I was kind of backing up in a defensive position, asking what he was doing,” Burrows explained afterwards. “He looked pretty angry; he’s a big man.”
Anger has been kind of a common theme for Lehner, who refuses to apologize for his fiery disposition. With a .923 save percentage, he certainly doesn’t need to apologize for his play.
The Sabres as a team, on the other hand, have been woefully inconsistent. In the last week alone, they’ve followed a great comeback victory over the Sharks with a dismal effort against the Ducks. Then, after going into Toronto and getting a big win over the Maple Leafs, they laid an egg against the Canucks.
Lehner called the Sabres’ performance “disrespectful” to the game plan that head coach Dan Bylsma has put together.
“The good teams out there, they do the same thing over and over again, and when things happen… they fall back on the structure,” said Lehner. “The structure bails them out. And we have a structure, but we don’t play it.”
The Sabres are in Ottawa to take on the Senators tomorrow.
You can watch Lehner’s entire post-game tongue-lashing below:
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