It was funny, I was upset with Ladd for the giveaway when he tried to pass the puck back to the point and it was deflected so I cursed him and went into the kitchen... I hear they score and thought it was Ladd for sure because as my friend pointed out every time I ***** out Ladd he scores!
IMO a large part of it is everyone buying into Noel's system, which allows Buff to freelance a bit more without getting exposed. The problem earlier in the year is that when he freelanced and screwed up, nobody was there giving puck support.
It also helps that he's just flat out playing smarter and competing.