When Drew Stafford scored 3:24 into the first period on Friday night, there was no one happier in the arena than he was to finally get one to go his way.
“Obviously, that’s something I’ve been working for,” said Stafford, who donned the team’s brown fur coat that is given to their MVP of the night. “Finally it’s nice to get rewarded; now hopefully it floodgates.”
After 14 games and 40 shots, Stafford was beginning to wonder whether or not any would end up in the net. Talk even began as to whether or not the Sabres should consider sitting the former 30-goal scorer for a game or so to try and get him refocused.
That of course didn’t happen.
“I said this morning (Friday) that if I sit him out he has no chance to score,” said Lindy Ruff. “He’s gotten himself into some pretty good positions, and he got into a good position there when he found that hole right in front of the net.”
Turns out, Ruff made the right choice.
It took just one shot in game number 15 for him to find the back of the net. Tyler Ennis was able to keep possession behind the Boston net, and managed to get a pass directly in front to Stafford who then buried home a one-timer past Bruin goaltender Anton Khudobin.
“I’m happy for him,” said Ryan Miller. “Let’s just hope it opens the floodgates now. He gets one, and they just seem to come. As long as he’s in those tough spots like he was when he scored, you’re going to see pucks go in.”
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