Hard at work

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:39 AM ET

BUFFALO -- The way Jason Pominville sees it, he simply is doing what he has always done.

The hottest player on the hottest club in the National Hockey League has scored in six consecutive games for the Buffalo Sabres, who have won 11 of 12 with their only loss in a shootout to the Atlanta Thrashers.

Pominville, who has eight goals, had two 30-goal seasons in the American Hockey League with Rochester after twice scoring more than 45 with Shawinigan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

"To get that many in a row, I have had a couple of lucky ones, but it is something I work on a lot," the 23-year-old native of Repentigny, Que., said after practice yesterday at HSBC Arena. "I worked hard in the summer, and after we went far (in the playoffs), you have all summer to think about it. Playing with Danny (Briere) and Jochen (Hecht), I have more of an offensive role."

CLEARED WAIVERS

Prowess in previous seasons did not lead to an automatic spot with the Sabres in 2005-06. Any team in the league could have had Pominville last fall, but instead he cleared waivers and began with Rochester. Injuries necessitated Pominville's recall in November, and he wound up with a nice freshman season in Buffalo, scoring 18 goals and adding 12 assists in 57 games.

"Being sent down and having to clear waivers was really disappointing," Pominville said. "But I knew I could play once I was given a shot. The Sabres drafted me for my offence (in the second round in 2001) and so far it has been going well."

The production of a player such as Pominville is one factor in the Sabres' success. Not exactly a household name, Pominville represents the Sabres' depth at forward. All of the top three lines can hurt opponents.

Overall, the positive vibe in the Sabres dressing room is palpable.

"We have not won every game pretty and there are some games you can argue we probably should have lost," said goalie Ryan Miller, who will start tonight. "There's an attitude that we are going to compete every night. We have everyone involved."


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