Goalie Ryan Miller and the Buffalo Sabres were finally reminded how disappointing losing can feel.
Then again, it’s been a while.
Vyacheslav Kozlov scored the lone shootout goal and the upstart Atlanta Thrashers put an end to the Sabres’ bid for an NHL record start with a 5-4 victory Saturday night. The loss ended Buffalo’s season-opening winning streak at 10, the Sabres having to settle for sharing the league record for best start to a season set by Toronto in 1993.
Buffalo defenseman Henrik Tallinder has a broken left arm and the Sabres said he will miss up to two months. He is scheduled to undergo surgery on Sunday.
Tallinder was hurt in Buffalo’s 3-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night, and missed Buffalo’s 5-4 shootout loss to Atlanta on Saturday, the Sabres’ first of the season.
It is the same arm he broke in a collision along the boards in Game 3 of last season’s Eastern Conference finals against Carolina.
Yanic Perreault finally has a new home.
The veteran free-agent centre signed a one-year, $700,000 US contract with the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday.
Perreault notched a career-high 57 points with the Nashville Predators last season, after which he became an unrestricted free agent.