Prior to puck drop against the Flyers on Wednesday, Jack Eichel sat at his stall inside the Sabres’ locker room and told reporters that, even in the midst of a six game winning streak, the Blue and Gold needed to play better especially at the start of games.
“Get on top of a team in the first 10 minutes and they know they’re in for a long night,” he said in part.
Well, when the Captain speaks, the crew listens.
Jeff Skinner opened the scoring less than four minutes in as Buffalo erupted for four goals in the first period in a 4-2 win.
The victory is the team’s seventh straight, which is their longest winning streak since the 2006-2007 season.
Tage Thompson found the back of the net less than two minutes after Skinner, while Evan Rodrigues netted his first of the season shortly thereafter as the Sabres jumped out to a 3-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the game.
Johan Larsson blasted home his first tally of the season with seven seconds remaining in the frame. Sam Reinhart added an empty netter in the final minutes.
Carter Hutton continued his stellar play in net, turning away 23 of the 25 shots he faced.
Buffalo will go for an eight straight win Friday when they Montreal at 4 p.m.