From The Ice

Sabres Say They’re Starting To See Progress

( John Crouch/Icon Sportswire)

Following a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday afternoon, the Buffalo Sabres are now winners of two games in a row and have at least a point in six of their last eight contests. While that has done little to get them out of the Eastern Conference’s cellar, there’s reason for optimism.

“We’re seeing progress, which is huge, but it’s frustrating,” Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly told the Buffalo News. “You never know which year is going to be the year. We have to win now. We can’t be satisfied with winning a few more games than last year. We have to push to be the best no matter what. Look at the top teams. You think they feel sorry for us? No.”

Praising a team for winning two games in a row in an otherwise dismal season is damning with faint praise. But the Sabres are focusing on the positives they can take away from the victories.

“We don’t have a choice,” head coach Dan Bylsma said. “Looking at wins and looking at our mindset, we’re still trying to win games and win series. Sixty-six percent is winning two out of three. And that’s our focus.”

The mission is simple.

“Somehow get better every day,” forward Jack Eichel said. “It’s good to see a few wins. It’s something we need to take pride in. We need to make this rink and this atmosphere a place where teams don’t want to come in and play.”

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