You wouldn't necessarily think a guy who was scoring less than a point a game and was minus-11 would qualify as a hero. But sometimes Sabres captain Chris Drury
fits perfectly into the role as defined by the Sabres: Do your job, speak your mind if you have to, then do your job again.
There was a reason coach Lindy Ruff named Drury one of the team's captains at the beginning of the season. In the absence of veterans J.P. Dumont
and Daniel Briere
, both of whom were lost for long periods early in the season, it was Drury who evolved into a key leader. He has helped a Sabres team that has succeeded based on collective effort as opposed to the contributions of a few stars.
Killing penalties, playing on the power play, taking key draws. Those are all part of Drury's assignments. A case in point was Tuesday, when the Sabres shut out the Hurricanes
in a game that kept Carolina from securing the top seed in the East.
Drury scored, reaching the 30-goal mark for the first time in his career. He finished the season with four goals in his final three games and will be a key element if the Sabres are to advance beyond the first round. Just don't expect the two-time Olympian to make much noise while doing it.