BUFFALO — The thinking went like this: Drew Stafford, fresh off a breakout offensive campaign, was a cinch for another big season. After all, the Sabres winger tallied 31 times in only 62 games last year.
Perhaps he could hit 40 goals. The 26-year-old had arrived as an NHL star, right?
One epic slump later, Stafford’s finally that lethal scoring threat again. It just took four months and an awful stretch of six goals in 52 games.
With two goals in the Sabres’ huge 5-1 triumph Tuesday in Washington — a win that moved them past the Capitals into eighth place, the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot — Stafford has six scores and 14 points in the last eight games.
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