The Sabres lost 3-2 in the shootout to the Arizona Coyotes last night, but they were able to earn a point and end the month of October with a record of 9-2-2.
They're still off to one of the best starts in team history.
Their 20 points in the month fell one shy of tying the franchise record for the opening month of a season (21 in October 2006). Buffalo's points percentage of .769 in October ranks as the fifth-best season-opening month in franchise history, according to @SabresPR.
The Sabres fell to 5-0-1 at home this season, becoming the final team to lose a game on home ice in 2019-20. Their five consecutive home wins to open the season left them one win shy of tying the franchise-best mark of six set in 1975-76.
The team is off today and they'll be back at practice tomorrow, getting ready for Friday night's game in Washington.
Then it's time for '70s Night on Saturday when the Islanders come to town. Tickets for that game are on sale now.
Here's what you need to know.
About last night
Video: BUF Recap: Eichel, Skinner score in shootout loss
From the Lexus Postgame Report…
For the most part this season, scoring first has wrought positive results for Sabres. They entered their contest against the Arizona Coyotes on Monday having notched the first goal in nine of their 12 games, tied for the most in the NHL. They went 8-1-0 in those contests.
The Sabres scored the first two goals against the Coyotes, but never tallied a third. Playing for the 13th time in 26 days to open their season - and facing one of the stingiest defensive teams in the league - the Sabres clung to earn a point in a 3-2 shootout loss at KeyBank Center.
"We got off to a good start, things seemed to be ticking well, and then our energy level, we seemed to be digging deep the whole rest of the game," Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said.
"We fell back on our heels. Compliment to Arizona, we knew they were going to be hardworking team and they were going to come at us hard, and they just were relentless right through the game with that."
Video: POSTGAME: Krueger
Video: POSTGAME: Eichel
Video: POSTGAME: Skinner
The loss was Buffalo's first on home ice this season. The team's five consecutive wins at home fell one short of matching the longest such streak to begin a season in franchise history, set in 2006.
Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner scored the goals for the Sabres. Carter Hutton made 42 saves.
"They put pressure on us, for sure," Eichel said. "I thought we still had chances but give them credit, they played well. I thought we had our looks at times, I thought maybe we were on our heels a little bit too much. Give them credit, they worked hard, played a good game.
"We had our chances, so did they. I thought Hutts made some huge saves for us in the third period and kept us in it. We get a point."
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