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Sabres losing streak at 18 games after squandering 3-0 third-period lead to Flyers

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BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 29: Sean Couturier #14 of the Philadelphia Flyers (not pictured) celebrates his third period goal with teammates during an NHL game against the Buffalo Sabres on March 29, 2021 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. Philadelphia won, 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Sara Schmidle/NHLI via Getty Images)

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The Buffalo Sabres know about losing, as their historic 18-game losing streak can attest. Combine this 18-game losing streak with the Sabres’ larger, miserable run of failures, and they probably know the varieties of losing like Baskin Robbins knows ice cream flavors.

However, the Flyers extended the Buffalo Sabres’ losing streak to 18 games in a way that, somehow, probably felt new.

The Sabres became the 18th team in NHL history to experience a losing streak of 18 games or more, and they did it in “style.” When you compare it to the worst winless streaks in the last few decades, it keeps climbing the ranks. The Sabres are now 0-15-3 in their last 18 games.




1992-93 SHARKS 20 GAMES

1993-94 JETS 19 GAMES

2020-21 SABRES 18 GAMES


Flyers storm back from 3-0 third period deficit; Sabres losing streak reaches 18 games

Heading into the third period, the headlines were going to be something. Maybe a line along the lines of “the Sabres find the Flyers, a team almost as miserable as they are?” After all, Buffalo was up 3-0 with 20 minutes to go.

Welp. Gulp.

Instead of being the sort of defeat that might leave the flailing Flyers floundering even more, it was instead a spectacle. The Flyers scored three goals in the third period, then beat the Sabres with this overtime-winner:

The Athletic’s John Vogl notes that this was the Sabres’ first lead since Feb. 23. That also marks the Sabres’ last win, when they beat the Devils 4-1.

As you might expect, there are some sad stats when you get more creative. Sportsnet Stats presents a true doozy to compare the Sabres and the Buffalo Bills:

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.