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Sabres move to first, make history after last-place finish in 2017-18

The Buffalo Sabres have gone from worst to first, and the rest of the NHL is on notice. With a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night, the Sabres have a league-leading 36 points. That makes Buffalo the first team ever to finish the previous season with the worst record and lead the NHL outright in points after 25 games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Five teams have been tied for first place, the most recent being the 1967-68 Bruins. The Sabres are riding a 10-game winning streak, tied for the longest in franchise history. It’s the NHL’s best run since the Columbus Blue Jackets won 16 in a row from Nov. 29, 2016, to Jan. 3, 2017. Nine of the 10 games have been decided by one goal, and Tuesday’s marked the seventh one decided after regulation — and third in a row. “When it’s a tight game, we feel confident. If we’re down we don’t panic,” said defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen, who opened the scoring with a deke…