When the Buffalo Sabres met the San Jose Sharks back on Oct. 18, the results spurred change. The Sabres lost that game, 5-1, prompting new lines and defense pairs at practice the following day in Los Angeles.
The Sabres have gone 13-2-2 since, including wins in their last nine contests. Phil Housley said he could see the roots of their current run in that loss to the Sharks even in spite of the outcome.
"I mean, it was unfortunate," he said. "We took a penalty early and they scored two goals off it. You never want to start a game like that. But I think if you looked at the body of work, at the whole game, I thought our five-on-five game was really good. And that was the start of something better."