As the Sabres gear up for Sunday's lid-lifter with Philly, they're counting on continued success from three guys who showed flashes of brilliance together last season. YNN's Andy Young with more on the line of Ennis, Stafford and Foligno.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The connection came together late last season, but it turned into a pleasant surprise.
When Marcus Foligno was recalled from Rochester and joined Tyler Ennis and Drew Stafford, it was instant chemistry. That line produced 21 goals and 28 assists in the final 13 games.
"We had a good blend of size and speed and skill. We were all focused and determined to play hard every game. We got the puck out of our zone, came to the neutral zone with speed, and in the offensive zone, cycled pucks and took it to the net. It's kind of what made us successful," said Ennis.
"We had some good games with each other. There were some games where we might not have got a point, but we around the net buzzing and helping the team win. For myself, it's just keep working hard for those guys and Ennis and Stafford, they'll get you the puck or the put the puck in the back of the net. So it's pretty easy to work hard for those guys," Foligno said.
As that trio tries to recapture some of the magic from late last season, it's interesting to note the different paths they took during the lockout. Foligno was sent down to Rochester, Ennis played in Switzerland, and Stafford stayed at home and worked out with a group of players in Amherst.
"Based on the first few practices here and the times we've been able to make plays together, the chemistry is still there and we feel great out there on the ice," Stafford said.
"If they get rolling right away I think they could be a real dangerous line for us," said head coach Lindy Ruff.