Since Thomas Vanek seems to be the only guy scoring goals for the Buffalo Sabres, it makes sense to look at how he scores them.
* He gets near the goaltender, putting himself in prime position to tip shots or deposit rebounds.
* He shoots the puck, leading the team with 107 attempts.
* He capitalizes on his chances, with a shooting percentage of 16.8 percent that ranks second on the team and 66th in the NHL.
So, for the rest of the guys wearing Blue and Gold, maybe it's time to be like Thomas.
"We've only had a couple goals or so the last few games on five-on-five," Roy said, "and that's getting pucks to the point, getting shots through and getting guys to the net and battling for rebounds."
In other words, mimic Vanek.
"Van's so good around the net, so go to the net," Boyes said. "That's where he scores a lot of his goals. If you're a perimeter player now with the way the teams are — five guys on the inside — you're not going to score many tic-tac-toe goals. He scores his in tight, so that's what we've got to do."