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Eichel scores winner, Reinhart records three points in victory over Vegas

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

Jack Eichel scored on the rush with 7:57 left in the third period to put the Buffalo Sabres ahead in their 4-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday at KeyBank Center. 

The Sabres captain turned Vegas defenseman Shea Theodore inside out for his 28th goal of the season, tying his career high. 

Kyle Okposo and Sam Reinhart also scored for Buffalo, and Curtis Lazar added an empty netter with 24.3 seconds left. Linus Ullmark made 24 saves in net for his 15th win of the season, tying his career high. 

Reinhart recorded his 11th multi-point game of the season. With his three-point performance (1+2) against Vegas, he is producing at over a point-per-game clip at home this season (11+13) in 23 games.

What happened

The Golden Knights struck first with a goal on the rush 1:55 into the second period when Travis Nosek crashed the net and the puck went in off his skate. 

The Sabres tied it up quickly.

On the rush after Ullmark stopped a shorthanded breakaway, the Sabres turned back up the ice and capitalized. Okposo's quick shot beat Marc-Andre Fleury to give Buffalo its first goal of the game at the 6:32 mark.

Then with 18.7 seconds left, Reinhart fired a shot from the slot up over Fleury's glove to put Buffalo up 2-1. He accepted a feed from Rasmus Ristolainen, who was parked in front of the net on the power play. 

Seven seconds into a four-minute power play to open the third period, Vegas tied it up. Reilly Smith scored 1:43 into the period. The Sabres were able to kill off the remaining two minutes, and finished the night 2-for-3 on the penalty kill. 

Then with 12:03 left, Eichel worked his magic, beating Theodore and easily flipping the puck past Fleury:

Video: VGK@BUF: Eichel goes coast-to-coast to reclaim lead

Vegas pulled the goalie with 2:03 remaining. The Sabres blocked three shots and Ullmark made three saves in that stretch, ultimately allowing Lazar to send the puck down the ice and give Buffalo the two-goal lead. 

What it means

The Sabres are now 21-19-7 on the season and 14-6-3 at home. 

The Sabres have scored on the power play in three straight games and in four of their last five, going 6-for-14 (42.9 percent) in that extended stretch.  

With a pair of points, Eichel extended his point streak to eight games (4+6). Eichel became the fifth NHL player to record two separate point streaks of at least eight games this season, joining John Carlson, Leon Draisaitl, Nathan MacKinnon and David Pastrnak. Mitchell Marner also joined this group tonight.

Eichel is the first Sabres player to reach the 60-point mark in 46 games or fewer since 1992-93, when Alexander Mogilny (33 GP) and Pat LaFontaine (34 GP) combined for the feat, according to @PR_NHL. He leads the team in all offensive categories with 28 goals and 33 assists. 

Roll the highlight film

We already showed you Eichel's goal, so here's Reinhart's snipe: 

Video: VGK@BUF: Reinhart nets PPG on Ristolainen's set-up


Coming up

The Sabres hit the road for a two-game road trip this week. They'll first play the Stars in Dallas on Thursday (8:30 p.m. faceoff) and the Predators in Nashville on Saturday (8 p.m. faceoff). 

Both games will air on MSG with the Buick Game Night pregame show kicking off a half hour before puck drop.

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