The Sabres fell to the Hurricanes on Thursday 3-1 and Jack Eichel was absent from Buffalo's first power play. Read Eichel's comments, as well as quotes from Dan Bylsma.
Q: "Are you trying to send [Eichel] a message, are you sending the team a message? What's the message here?"
A: "Yes on both."
"The decision was just something we practiced in practice today and put in the game. We wanted a certain look and didn't get the result we wanted, but he went back on the power play for a different look when we got the second opportunity."
"What haven't I seen? What we need to see is what we saw in the first shift of his game that he had tonight. I thought he did have at times tonight for us that speed and electricity with the puck."
"It's not my decision, it's the coach's. They have a really good PK. We had a lot of opportunities on the power play, just need to finish them."
"It's not my decision, it's the coach's, so obviously Moulson has had a lot of power play goals this year. He's helped our team. Just switching up looks. They're the number one PK in the league. Just trying to keep it a little bit uncertain for them."
"I'm not the coach. Like I said, we had a lot of opportunities on the first power play. Moulson has had a couple of power play goals this year for us. We moved the puck well. Just changing up looks. I'm on the second power play again . . . I'm out there working hard. I think that's all I really have to say about that."