Maxim Afinogenov pumped in a goal and assist, Ryan Miller stopped 29 shots, and the perfect Sabres beat the New York Islanders 3-0 Thursday night to win their 10th straight game and match the best start the NHL has ever seen.
Afinoogenov set up Ales Kotalik’s first-period goal and scored one in the second. Miller did the rest for the Sabres, who joined the 1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs as the only teams to jump out 10-0.
The Sabres can break the record at home against Atlanta on Saturday. Buffalo, which fell one win shy of the Stanley Cup finals last season, has a team-record 15 consecutive regular-season victories.