Jason Pominville is the only player on the Sabres roster who knows what it’s like to win nine straight games.
He was a part of the 2006-2007 team that was 10 straight to start the season. That year the Blue & Gold advanced to the Eastern Conference finals.
But, this run, this year, with this team, he says has rejuvenated guys after everything the franchise went through a year ago.
“It’s been a lot of fun. We’ve had to put so much work,” the veteran winger said. “It hasn’t been easy. It’s been a grind, it’s been tough, but to get rewarded with winning it’s great for me, for sure. But, for the guys that haven’t been here for a while, for them to finally see what it is and the atmosphere in the building is pretty cool.”
“It’s sort of what we want to get back to,” captain Jack Eichel said when talking about the history of the ’06 team and this year’s squad. “I think we’ve gotten a taste of it now because we’ve been winning and I think people are excited about this streak that we’re on.”
“We’re going into games not scared to lose, expecting to win and that’s a big thing for me,” added Pominville. “Last year when things probably weren’t going our way we would get into our shell and now we’re fighting back. We’re trusting our instincts, we’re trusting the system, sticking to what has led us to having success so far and it’s paid off.”
We’ll see if the Sabres can match the mark they set 12 years ago when they welcome former Sabre Evander Kane and the Sharks to town on Tuesday.