Jack Eichel Gets Double Minor For Feeding Joel Eriksson Ek Fists
- What more are you supposed to do when you’re Jack Eichel?
- Eichel has been the one consistent force driving the offense for the Buffalo Sabres, who have won two of their past 11 games and once in their last nine.
- It might sound like damning praise to say he’s leading the offense given they’ve scored 22 goals in those 11 games, but he has seven goals and four assists during that span.
- That’s half of the goals scored.
- But after a 4-1 loss at home to the Minnesota Wild, one of the NHL’s worst road teams this season, all that Eichel has to provide still isn’t enough, even when it means doing things he’s not known for doing.
- Two minutes after defenseman Jonas Brodin gave the Wild a 3-0 second period lead, Eichel’s answer was to find another way to light a spark by dropping the gloves and going after Wild forward Joel Eriksson Ek.
“We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We’ve just got to work. That’s what it comes down to,” a frustrated Eichel said. “It comes down to wanting to win and wanting to win your battle and wanting to compete and really just giving a shit about the guy next to you. We’ve just got to find it in here. No one’s going to find it for us other than ourselves.”
- In what’s a bitter twist, Eichel didn’t get five minutes for fighting.
- Instead, he received a double-minor for roughing while Eriksson Ek went unpunished, meaning the Wild got a power play out of Eichel’s show of aggravation.
“It’s my guess he just was trying to find something get pumped for his team,” Eriksson Ek said. “I didn’t really see him coming. He came off my back, I think, and I was just not ready for it.”
“What Jack did there was a sign of leadership, a sign of passion and a willingness to change this,” coach Ralph Krueger said. “We have to get that right through our lineup and everybody just build on that.”
“He’s our leader and he showed it tonight, and he’s been showing it the last few games. It should be a wake-up call to everyone in this room, especially myself,” defenseman Jake McCabe said. “You need to look at yourself in the mirror. Everyone in here. We all need to be better. … It turns out there’s going to be ebbs and flows of the season, and right now, we’re facing a really large test.”
Parise scores two goals to lift Wild past Sabres
- Zach Parise scored twice, and Alex Stalock made 30 saves for the Minnesota Wild in a 4-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Tuesday.
- Jason Zucker had a goal and an assist, and Jonas Brodin scored his first of the season for the Wild (8-11-2), who are 3-1-1 in their past five games.
“We talked a lot about better starts,” Parise said. “There hasn’t been a lot of games we’ve jumped out to the lead. It’s an easier game to play when you have that cushion and you’re not chasing the game.”
- Brandon Montour scored, and Linus Ullmark made 22 saves for the Sabres, (10-8-3), who are 1-6-2 in their past nine games.
“We’re all in this together. No one’s feeling sorry for us. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves,” Sabres captain Jack Eichel said. “It’s frustrating the position that we’re in, but it’s just going to test our character right now and our will to compete on a nightly basis and just our will to win. That’s what it comes down to. But we’re all in this together. It’s important we just stick together in this tough time and get through the adversity. That’s all you can do.”
NHL Highlights | Wild vs Sabres – Nov. 19, 2019
- Minnesota is 6-0-1 in its past seven games at Buffalo and 10-2-1 in its history. …
- Parise has five points (four goals, one assist) in the past three games. …
- Mittelstadt doesn’t have a point in his past 11 games.
Sources & Credits: NHL.com; Joe Yerdon, The Athletic, MIN Wild, BUF Sabres