Four goals from Eichel leads Sabres to 4-2 win over Senators

November 16, 2019 - 5:57 pm
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Jack Eichel's second-career hat-trick, turned-four-goal-effort, helped vault the Buffalo Sabres back into the win column over the Ottawa Senators; 4-2 inside KeyBank Center. Linus Ullmark recorded the win for the blue and gold between the pipes; the first for the team since a 2-0 shutout back on October 25th against the Detroit Red Wings inside Little Caesars Arena.

There was no score to be found between these Atlantic Division foes after one period of play. Both teams had chances on respective powerplays, but neither struck gold on their man advantages nor 5-on-5. Buffalo did lead Ottawa in shots after 20-minutes, though; a 13-5 advantage. Linus Ullmark made all five saves, while Craig Anderson stopped 13 Sabres shots for the visiting Senators.

Buffalo would break the scoreless tie just 88-seconds into the middle stanza. As Sam Reinhart skated into the neutral zone, he absorbed a hit against the boards while being ableto get a pass off to Jack Eichel. The captain flew up the right side of the ice, protected the puck from the Ottawa defender, and beat Anderson short-side past his glove-hand for the 1-0 lead. It was Eichel's ninth goal of the season, and second in three games.

The Senators struck for the game-tying goal less than five minutes later, however. The Sabres were in the midst of killing off a 5-on-3 Ottawa powerplay, as both Rasmus Ristolainen (boarding) and Henri Jokiharju (slashing) sat in the box for minor penalties. Seconds after Ristolainen exited the box, Senators forward Anthony Duclair netted a goal on what was left of his team's man advantage to even things at a goal apiece.

The tied contest lasted all of three-and-a-half minutes as it was Eichel cashing in on his second goal of the night, and the period, to re-claim a lead for the home side. Just north of the halfway mark of the stanza, Eichel flew down the slot and accepted a pass from Victor Olofsson. The captain then danced through the Ottawa defense and, once again, beat Anderson high to the glove-side as he reached double-digit goals on the campaign.

That score would hold through the rest of the frame as Buffalo readied for the final 20-minutes of action leading by a goal.

Though the 2-1 Sabres advantage withstood the end of the second period, it would only last 2:01 more as the third and final period of regulation commenced. Former Sabre Tyler Ennis deflected a point shot from defenseman Ron Hainsey past Ullmark and knotted the game at two goals apiece. For Ennis, it was his second goal in as many nights as he also potted one last night in Ottawa against the Phiadelphia Flyers.

Then, with 7:47 gone in the third period, Eichel completed his second-career hat-trick with help from Jeff Skinner. Not only did the captain rack up the trifecta of goals on Saturday night, but with each goal he gave Buffalo a lead (1-0, 2-1, 3-2).

Eichel's first hat-trick came in December of 2017 at home against Carolina. It was also the team's first hat-trick since Sam Reinhart on February 23, 2019 against versus Washington.

Oh, but the captain wasn't done there. With just seconds left in the game and Anderson pulled for Ottawa, Eichel found twice yet again from way downtown to register his fourth goal of the night (a new career-high) and his 12th of the season.

GAME SUMMARY

Goal Summary:

First Period:

BUF: NONE
OTT: NONE

Second Period:

BUF: 1:28 - Jack Eichel (9) (Sam Reinhart, Rasmus Dahlin); 9:39 - Jack Eichel (10) (Victor Olofsson, Sam Reinhart)
OTT: 6:04 - Anthony Duclair (7) PPG (Logan Brown, Thomas Chabot)

Third Period:

BUF: 12:13 - Jack Eichel (11) (Jeff Skinner); 19:46 - Jack Eichel (12) (Unassisted)
OTT: 2:01 - Tyler Ennis (5) (Ron Hainsey, Vladislav Namestnikov)

Penalty Summary:

First Period:

BUF: 3:51 - Jake McCabe (Holding - 2 min.)
OTT: 7:56 - Dylan Demelo (Holding - 2 min.); 11:13 - Tyler Ennis (Hooking - 2 min.)

Second Period:

BUF: 3:58 - Rasmus Ristolainen (Boarding - 2 min.); 5:09 - Henri Jokiharju (Slashing - 2 min.)
OTT: NONE

Third Period

BUF: NONE
OTT: NONE


Shots on Goal:

BUF: 32 (13, 6, 13)
OTT: 23 (5, 9, 9)


Goalies:

BUF: Linus Ullmark - 21 saves
OTT: Craig Anderson - 29 saves


Power Plays:

BUF: 0 for 2 (0%)
OTT: 1 for 3 (33%)


Three Stars:

1.) Jack Eichel - BUF
2.) Sam Reinhart - BUF
3.) Jeff Skinner - BUF


What's Next:

The Sabres head out of town following tonight's win as they ready for a Sunday night road matchup with the Chicago Blackhawks. Puck drop inside the United Center is set for tomorrow evening at 7:00. The Paul William Beltz Pre-Game Show starts at 6:00 following Bills-Dolphins post-game coverage on the home of the Buffalo Sabres - WGR Sports Radio 550.

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