The Sabres' season-opening 10-game winning streak came to an end Saturday when they lost in a shootout to the Atlanta Thrashers.
But the Sabres still haven't suffered a true defeat in regulation. Twelve games into the season, their record is 11-0-1 and it's anyone's guess when the zero in the "L" column will turn into a "1."
The Sabres are home against the Maple Leafs on Saturday, and then visit the Rangers on Sunday night. They almost suffered their first regulation loss Thursday night in Boston, but rallied for a 5-4 shootout victory.
Only 12 games into the season, the Sabres are in astonishingly good shape in the standings. The Thrashers are closest, four points behind, but with 23 points, the Sabres already have a nine-point cushion in the race to make the Eastern Conference playoffs.
The Anaheim Ducks (9-0-4) are the only other team that has yet to lose in regulation.
The Sabres' unbeaten-in-regulation status appeared to be doomed for much of Thursday night. They trailed the Bruins by a 3-1 margin entering the third period, and Mark Mowers scored 3:56 into the final period to give Boston a three-goal edge.
But the Sabres refused to give up. At 11:11, Maxim Afinogenov scored on a wrist shot to draw the Sabres to within two goals. Less than seven minutes later, he scored again.
Then, with 1:35 to play, Ales Kotalik beat Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, completing the Sabres' rally.
The teams played a scoreless overtime period, sending the game to a shootout. In the shootout, Sabres goalie Ryan Miller stopped two of the three shots he faced. For the Sabres, Afinogenov was stopped, but Daniel Briere and Kotalik scored in the shootout, giving the Sabres their latest win.
Copyright (C) 2006 The Sports Xchange. All Rights Reserved.