Thrashers solve riddle of Sabres

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours-Vancouver

, Last Updated: 9:02 AM ET

Atlanta Thrashers finally solved the Buffalo Sabres.

Buffalo was a perfect 10-0 until losing 5-4 in Saturday's shootout. Thrashers almost did the job in regulation time, but Jochen Hecht scored with 1:46 left in the third period to tie the game.

Atlanta's Viktor Kozlov was the only successful shooter on either team.

Sabres share the record for longest winning streak to start a season with the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1993-94. This is the best start for the Sabres since the 1975-76 season when they won eight straight off the top.

Could the return to blue and gold colours and the use of retro jerseys be a factor?

Rochester Americans, Buffalo's American Hockey League farm team, were 8-0 to start the season until the 0-6 Syracuse Crunch registered a 5-0 Friday upset.

Sabres' right-winger Maxim Afinogenov had three goals and seven assists in three games for top billing on the league's weekly three stars.

Anaheim Ducks' goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Montreal Canadiens' blueliner Sheldon Souray rounded out the Oct. 23 list.

- The annual Hall of Fame Game goes Nov. 11 - Remembrance Day - at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto between the Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens. Patrick Roy, Dick Duff, Harley Hotchkiss and the late Herb Brooks will be honoured two days later at the Hogtown hockey shrine.

- The last-place Philadelphia Flyers will seek their third win tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks. It's one of five games on the schedule: Atlanta @ Toronto (4:30 p.m. Sportsnet Ontario), Anaheim @ St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals @ Calgary Flames (6 p.m. Sportsnet West) and New York Rangers @ Los Angeles Kings.


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