October 26, 2006 -- The Sabres have gotten off to some good starts over the years, but the one for the 2006-07 season was their best one yet.
On this date, the Sabres beat the Islanders, 3-0, for their 10th straight win.
The win was only one away from setting the record the best start in NHL history, held by the 1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs. Still, Lindy Ruff wasn't satisfied.
"We're in search of the perfect game," said the Sabres' coach. "The coaching staff is, anyway. We've got to continue to create good habits, not get careless and not get sloppy. We need to ... make smarter plays."
Goalie Ryan Miller made 29 saves for Buffalo in the shutout, while Ales Kotalik, Maxim Afinogenov, and Jason Pominville had the goals. By the way, the win came against a team coached by Ted Nolan in his first game back in Buffalo with an opposing team.
The Sabres streak came to an end two nights later in a shootout loss in Atlanta. Buffalo did have two shootout wins in the streak.
--- Budd Bailey