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MCCORMICK KEEPS CONTRIBUTING

Friday, 01.14.2011 / 12:57 PM / News
By Rob Crean  - Public Relations Director
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MCCORMICK KEEPS CONTRIBUTING
Cody McCormick (Photo: Bill Wippert)
Cody McCormick is only halfway through his first full season with the Buffalo Sabres, but the 27-year-old forward has already turned his opportunity with the team into the most productive season of his career.  Whether he’s scoring goals, dropping his gloves or providing a physical presence, McCormick is emerging as a key figure in Buffalo’s playoff push.

In Thursday night’s 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, the team directly ahead of Buffalo in the Eastern Conference standings, McCormick scored a tie-breaking goal, got in a fight and drew a penalty which led to the eventual game-winning, power play goal by Drew Stafford.

[ VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Cody McCormick ]

“He’s done everything we’ve asked and probably more,” said Head Coach Lindy Ruff following the game. “When it comes to putting goals on the board, he got in the fight, I thought that gave us a little bit of energy.  He goes out and he goes after it. He’s a good two-way player for us.”

McCormick’s all-around performance on Thursday came on the heels of a two-point night against Philadelphia on Tuesday when he notched a goal and an assist.  Through 42 games, McCormick has set new NHL career-highs in goals (6), points (13) and penalty minutes with a team-leading 98, which includes 10 fighting majors.  His ability to contribute both on the scoresheet and through his physical play has been noticed by his teammates.

“He’s been great,” said goaltender Ryan Miller.  “He does the little things well and he’s an intense competitor and that’s what we need because when you’re out there and things aren’t going your way sometimes, it’s good to see a guy who can put it all together, whether he’s hitting or making a play or getting the puck to the net, lately he’s been scoring, so it’s great to see.”

From McCormick’s perspective, he has found success on the offensive end by going to the tough areas of the ice.

“Just going to the net, that’s where the goals are.  I think that’s where I think I can get my goals are inside on the goalie, get a couple rebound chances,” he said. 

McCormick joined the Buffalo organization in 2009 after playing parts of five seasons with the Colorado Avalanche, but spent the entire 2009-10 regular season with the Sabres’ AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates.  When Buffalo was locked in a tight playoff series with Boston last spring, McCormick was inserted into the lineup and made an impact, collecting two assists and 14 penalty minutes in three games.

He’s done everything we’ve asked and probably more... He goes out and he goes after it. He’s a good two-way player for us. - Head Coach Lindy Ruff
“He was very highly spoken of by (Portland Head Coach) Kevin Dineen for the way he played (in the AHL), and the fact that Kevin played him in all situations,” said Ruff.

After earning the praise of his coach in Portland last season, McCormick has earned the confidence of Ruff as well.  In Thursday’s win, he was on the ice in the closing moments as the Sabres protected a one-goal lead.

“When you can get the confidence from a coach, it’s a great feeling,” McCormick said.  “Being out there for the last shift, up by a goal, it’s a great feeling when he can show some confidence in you.  You just always have to be ready.  If your number is called, you’ve got to do the job.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82