Eichel scores four goals, Sabres top Senators to end winless streak
- Jack Eichel scored four goals, and the Buffalo Sabres ended a six-game winless streak with a 4-2 victory against the Ottawa Senators at KeyBank Center on Saturday.
- Sam Reinhart had two assists for Buffalo (10-6-3), which was 0-4-2 in its previous six games. Linus Ullmark made 21 saves.
“I just think for us to win, we have to play a little bit cleaner of a game, but it’s good to get out of a little hole that we were in there and find a way to get two points,” Eichel said.
- The Sabres were without injured defenseman Zach Bogosian (hip), and forwards Johan Larsson (upper body), Vladimir Sobotka (lower body) and Marcus Johansson (upper body).
“Tonight was going to be a grind, we knew that,” Buffalo coach Ralph Krueger said. “We definitely, with the injuries, needed our best players to step up, and Jack showed a world-class performance today and just excellent leadership that I also told you he’s been showing, as I’ve told you, in the adversity of the last few weeks. It’s really probably the fruit of all that attitude that he’s had, [it] came out in the goals tonight.”
- Anthony Duclair and Tyler Ennis scored, and Craig Anderson made 28 saves for Ottawa (8-11-1), which had won five of six.
“I thought we played hard, I really did,” Senators coach D.J. Smith said. “I really liked our second period, start to the third period. That’s what special players do sometimes. I thought [Anderson] was really good; those are big-time goals that [Eichel] scored. We’re just going to move on. But I thought we worked hard.”
NHL Highlights | Senators vs Sabres – Nov. 16, 2019
- The Senators scored a power-play goal in consecutive games for the first time this season. …
- Ottawa is 2-7-1 on the road. …
- Sabres forward Kyle Okposo left the game at 8:42 of the second period with an undisclosed injury.
- Krueger said he is day to day. …
- Eichel, who leads the Sabres with 12 goals, is the seventh different Sabres player to score four in a game, joining Rick Martin (four times), Dave Andreychuk (three times), Alexander Mogilny (twice), Lindy Ruff, Miroslav Satan and Thomas Vanek. …
- Olofsson extended his point streak to four games (one goal, three assists).
Sources & Credits: NHL.com; BUF Sabres, OTT Senators