The Sabres’ dressing rooms on the road have been devoid of atmosphere since the first week of November. Long faces and voices barely above a whisper were the norm, which is what happens when losses pile up and a winless streak nears a dozen.
When the skid finally ended Sunday, it was time to party. Applause and shouts of excitement filled the room the moment the Sabres walked in from their 2-1 shootout win over Washington. Players laughed, jokingly mocked each other and praised the effort that stopped an 0-9-2 slide away from Buffalo.
“It was a total game, and we haven’t seen that in a long time on the road,” captain Steve Ott said.
The Sabres hadn’t won away from home since a 5-4 shootout victory Nov. 5 in San Jose. The losses weighed on the group, especially since they’d been playing much better in Buffalo.
“Didn’t want to make it 12 in a row,” goaltender Ryan Miller said. “It’s already gotten too far. It’s something the guys can feel good about. A lot of the things we are talkin