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A peak experience With three shootouts, one shutout and five one-goal games, the Buffalo Sabres gave fans a thrill ride with record-tying 10 straight wins to open season

1. Sabres 3 Hurricanes 2 (SO)

October 4, 2006

Recap: The Sabres waited for Carolina to raise its Stanley Cup banner, then held their own celebration as Daniel Briere was the only player to score in the shootout. Ryan Miller, perfect in the extra session, made 32 saves.

Game winner: Daniel Briere

Goalie: Ryan Miller

2. Sabres 5 Canadiens 4 (SO)

October 6, 2006

Recap: Showing that no deficit bothers them, the Sabres scored twice in the final five minutes to tie the game. Maxim Afinogenov completed the stunning comeback with 15 seconds left, then combined with Thomas Vanek to score in the shootout.

Game winner:Maxim Afinogenov

Goalie: Ryan Miller

3. Sabres 4 Senators 3

October 7, 2006

Recap: Jason Pominville, infamous in Ottawa for ending the Senators' previous postseason, scored his second straight game-winning goal there. His tally with 3:24 left established a 4-2 lead. Martin Biron made 34 saves in his first start.

Game winner: Jason Pominville

Goalie: Martin Biron

4. Sabres 3 Red Wings 2 (SO)

October 13, 2006

Recap: Miller was the reason Buffalo won its third shootout, making 41 saves as the Sabres were outshot, 43-17. Once Miller got the Sabres through overtime, Ales Kotalik beat Dominik Hasek to end the shootout on the fourth breakaway.

Game winner: Ales Kotalik

Goalie: Ryan Miller

5. Sabres 7 N.Y. Rangers 4

October 14, 2006

Recap: The first three-goal game of Chris Drury's career showed how potent the Sabres could be. They scored three times in four minutes at the end of the opening period and four times in 13 minutes in the second period.

Game winner: Jochen Hecht

Goalie: Ryan Miller

6. Sabres 9 Flyers 1

October 17, 2006

Recap: With the chant of "We want 10!" ringing in their ears, the Sabres gave the home fans a dizzying, dominant display. The Sabres erupted for six goals in the second period, and Afinogenov had a goal and four assists.

Game winner: Jaroslav Spacek

Goalie: Ryan Miller

7. Sabres 5 Hurricanes 4

October 20, 2006

Recap: Entering the final period tied, 3-3, the Sabres scored twice in a two-minute span, then held off Carolina's late charge. The Sabres trailed twice before winning, giving them their fifth come-from-behind victory in seven games.

Game winner: Jaroslav Spacek

Goalie: Ryan Miller

8. Sabres 6 Bruins 2

October 21, 2006

Recap: The Sabres, facing for the first time a team that didn't make the playoffs last season, simply overpowered the Bruins. Buffalo scored three power-play goals, two by Drury. The victory matched the team's previous best start (1975).

Game winner: Jason Pominville

Goalie: Martin Biron

9. Sabres 4 Canadiens 1

October 23, 2006

Recap: Miller made 26 saves and lost his shutout bid in the final period only after a shot deflected past him off a teammate's stick. Drury scored short-handed for his 10th goal, and Vanek scored in his fourth straight game.

Game winner: Chris Drury

Goalie: Ryan Miller

10. Sabres 3 N.Y. Islanders 0

October 26, 2006

Recap: Buffalo placed its name alongside Toronto in the record books for best start to a season. Nothing could deny Miller a shutout this time, as he turned aside all 29 shots. Pominville scored for the fourth straight game.

Game winner: Ales Kotalik

Goalie: Ryan Miller


>The streak by the numbers


Maxim Afinogenov: 6 G, 10 A, 16 points, 4

Chris Drury: 10 G, 4 A, 14 points, 4

Thomas Vanek: 7 G, 6 A, 13 points, 12

Daniel Briere: 2 G, 11 A, 13 points, 6

Jason Pominville: 6 G, 2 A, 8 points, 7

Ryan Miller: 8-0, 2.19 GAA, 1 shutout, .925 save pct.

Martin Biron: 2-0, 2.50 GAA, .921 save pct.


Carolina's opening-night Cup party, Montreal coach Guy Carbonneau's chance at first career victory, General Manager Bob Clarke and coach Ken Hitchcock's jobs after their Flyers were dismantled, Carolina and Montreal's chances at revenge, and Islanders coach Ted Nolan's hope of beating his old team.





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