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Record skid contributes to missing postseason

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--The Sabres made history, but it was the wrong kind. They set the franchise record for longest road losing streak, a 12-game slide that helped crush their season. After winning Dec. 3 in Nashville, they didn't win again away from Buffalo until Jan. 24. "The 12-game losing streak on the road, that was real frustrating part of the year," defenseman Jordan Leopold said. "It was definitely a low of the year. If we didn't have that, we'd probably be in the playoffs right now."

--Jason Pominville assumed the role of captain prior to the season despite objection from a large portion of the fan base. He took the honor and ran with it. The formerly soft-spoken winger led the team off the ice with speeches and work ethic, and he led them on it by topping the team in goals, assists and points. "He really grew into that role," coach Lindy Ruff said. "He maybe started off a little bit quiet, but I noticed as the year went on, he got more assertive. On the ice, he had a great year, and off the ice it was something that he wrapped his arms around and did a good job with."

"We didn't get it done. That's pretty much overall message. That sums it up." -- LW Thomas Vanek.

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