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Drew's droughts: Stafford's latest, worst slump is just one of his many with Sabres

By John Vogl

Drew Stafford has gone 17 games without a goal, including all 14 this season, as the Sabres welcome Boston back to First Niagara Center tonight.

It’s really nothing new. He’s had plenty of droughts in his seven-year career. He’s gone five games or more without a goal 25 times. Here they are:

17 games -- April 3, 2012 - present

16 -- 2009-10

15 -- 2009-10

13 -- 2011-12

11 -- 2008-09

10 -- 2008-09

9 -- 2006-07

8 (five times) -- 2010-11, 2009-10, 2007-08 (three times)

7 (six times) -- 2011-12 (three times), 2008-09 (twice), 2007-08

6 (four times) -- 2011-12, 2010-11, 2008-09, 2006-07

5 (three times) -- 2011-12, 2008-09 (twice)

It’s likely none have been as frustrating as this one.

“It’s hard not to let the negativity creep in there, the body language,” Stafford said in a full profile you can read here. “It’s tough, but you’ve got to nip it in the bud right away and get back to work. That’s what I’ve been trying to do.”


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