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Eichel's amazing deke fakes out Lightning defense, TV camera

Sabres captain scores incredible shorthanded goal with spectacular drag move

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

Eichel pots beautiful SHG

TBL@BUF: Eichel dazzles with backhanded SHG

Jack Eichel makes a move to beat Kevin Shattenkirk, then buries a backhand shot past Andrei Vasilevskiy for a spectacular shorthanded goal

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Jack Eichel was going one way. And everybody else was going the other way.

The Buffalo Sabres captain deked everyone, Tampa Bay Lightning defenders and even a camera operator or two, with a beautiful move that led to his second period shorthanded goal on Tuesday.

Eichel picked up a loose puck after Lightning forward Yanni Gourde took a spill and went flying up the right side.

Curtis Lazar hustled up the ice giving the Sabres a 2-on-1 against Lightning defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. But Eichel patiently held the puck, dragged it back after getting Shattenkirk to bite on a fake, then pushed it across his body and pitched in a perfect backhand past the still trying to recover Andrei Vasilevsky.

It's hard to blame anyone on the Lightning for falling for Eichel's fake. At least one TV camera, which was in tight on Eichel during the play, qucikly panned away as if he shot the puck well before he actually put it in the net.

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