At the beginning of the NHL season, the Buffalo Sabres were one of the laughing stocks of the league. Buffalo couldn’t get out of their own way and it looked like it was going to be a long season. They had fired their head coach and general manager just a few weeks into the 2013 season.
It took the Sabres 28 games to win six games. However, in their last 10 games they’ve gone 4-4-2. The latest game, against the Toronto Maple Leafs, was one of those two overtime losses mentioned. Steve Ott of the Sabres put a puck in the back of the net with just over 30 seconds left in the third period to tie it up at three. Toronto eventually won the game in a shootout though.
It’s the fourth game between these two teams this season and the Sabres have given their neighbors from up north all they can handle. Buffalo has now split four games with them this season.
Buffalo, though, is starting to play better overall. Nobody is saying it is going to be contending for the playoffs this season. However, it is starting to show signs that it is not as bad as its record indicates. Up until about 10 days ago, Buffalo hadn’t won a game when trailing after two periods. On Friday night in Toronto, it almost made it three times in 10 days.
Buffalo has 24 points in the Eastern Conference and sit in last place currently. It trails the New York Islanders by only five points. The way it is playing gives no indication that it is going to not keep moving up the standings. Too bad for it, though, it probably started too late in the season.