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BTB: ROY'S THE GO-TO-GUY!

Friday, 01.15.2010 / 3:40 PM / Blogs - Beyond the Boards
By Erin Pollina  - Sabres.com
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BTB: ROY\'S THE GO-TO-GUY!
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Derek Roy is rapidly becoming the Buffalo Sabres' go-to guy this season - especially when it counts.

The centerman netted his third overtime tally of the season in Thursday's 2-1 contest in Atlanta to seal the win. The goal put him on top of the League in that category, and bumped him to eighth overall with five game-winning goals.

"Derek's scoring when this team needs him the most," Tim Kennedy said. "It's huge. Those goals count more than a point you score in a 6-2, or 6-1 game. His goals have been huge and he's been stepping up this year."

The trend is nothing new. Last season Roy scored nine game-winning goals to lead the team, four more than second-ranked Tim Connolly. He has scored the game-winning goal a total of 26 times in his NHL career.

"When the team is down a goal or when we need something to happen, the team looks to him to get things going and he has really answered the call," Kennedy said.

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