On Thursday we took a look at some of the Great Ones individual records that will probably hold the test of time, and compared the Buffalo Sabres team record for those same records.
While we came close to reaching the stars, not one Buffalo Sabres could ever fathom reaching Wayne Gretzky’s records for goals, assists, and points in a single regular season.
In Part 2 of Hallow Be Thy Record, we take a look at three team records the NHL has on the books regarding the Buffalo Sabres.
Longest Winning Streak To Start Season (overall and away)
It’s not a single honor here in the overall category as the 2006-2007 Buffalo Sabres had the best regular season start in the history of the NHL, save for the 1993-1994 Toronto Maple Leafs, winning their first ten contests. It was the Atlanta Thrashers that would eventually dethrone the Buffalo Sabres ending their streak on Saturday October 28th, 2006 – in front of a home crowd at The First Niagara Center (then called HSBC Arena). Prior to that game the Buffalo Sabres had defeated Carolina (twice), Montreal (twice), Ottawa, Detroit, New York Rangers, Philadelphia, Boston and the New York Islanders. There were three shootout victories in the mix, but overall the Sabres outscored their opponents 49-23. The game against Atlanta was a shootout, so the Sabres were very near to holding the record on their own.
2006-2007 also saw the Buffalo Sabres take sole control of the longest away streak to start the season. Despite losing to the Atlanta Thrashers at home – away from First Niagara Center that year, the Buffalo Sabres remained perfect until Saturday November 18th, 2006 when they lost to the Ottawa Senators, adding victories to the win column against Carolina, New York Rangers, Boston, and Philadelphia. All totaled the Buffalo Sabres started the 2006-2007 regular season with a 16-3-1 record through the first 20 games. They would end the regular season 53-22-7, earning them the President’s Trophy, and would lose to the Ottawa Senators in the conference finals of the playoffs.
Most Penalty Minutes in a Season
Rob Ray led the pack this year with 354 penalty minutes, but the team combined for 2,713 penalty minutes – an NHL record. Despite ending the year with a sub .500 record, the Sabres would make the playoffs but lose to the Boston Bruins in the Adams Division Semi-final.