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Eichel extends point streak to 15 games with pair of goals in Aud Night victory

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

Jack Eichel scored twice and Victor Olofsson netted the game-winning goal to give the Buffalo Sabres a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday at KeyBank Center.

Eichel extended his career-long point streak to 15 games. It's the longest active streak in the NHL and he now has 27 points (14+13) during the run.

The streak is the longest by a Sabre since Tim Connolly tallied points in 16 consecutive games from Dec. 23, 2009 to Jan. 25, 2010. 

Only four players in Sabres history have recorded a point streak of more than 14 games: Dave Andreychuk (2x), Tim Connolly, Rick Martin and Gilbert Perreault. Perreault holds Buffalo's franchise record with points in 18 consecutive games from Oct. 24 to Dec. 4, 1971 (10+21).


 

Olofsson now leads all rookies with 29 points this season (13+16). He also has nine points (7+12) in his last 18 games. 

Linus Ullmark was busy between the pipes, making 36 saves. Jimmy Vesey also scored for Buffalo. 

Speaking of Andreychuk, he was one of over dozen alumni who were welcomed back to the celebrate the 1980s and Buffalo Memorial Auditorium for Aud Night:

Video: NSH@BUF: Sabres honor legends from the 1980s


What happened

The Sabres had to overcome two deficits early in the game and then hang on to earn the two points. 

Fifty-seven seconds into the game, Matt Duchene opened the scoring on a nifty play in front to put the Predators in the lead. 

The Sabres responded with 5:27 remaining in the first when Vesey deflected in a shot by Rasmus Ristolainen to tie it up. 

It didn't take long for the Predators to take the lead again. Colton Sissons scored 59 seconds later on a redirection to make it 2-1. 

Buffalo held off the Predators attack by killing off a 5-on-3 power play late in the first period. 

Eichel netted both of his goals in the second period. His first goal came on a snipe over the shoulder of Juuse Saros on the short side 4:55 in. 

He added his second on a redirect of a Henri Jokiharju shot with 5:39 remaining in the second to give Buffalo its first lead of the game. 

Nashville, however, wouldn't go away and tied it with the man advantage with 3:53 remaining. Ryan Johansen scored to make it 3-3. 

Then at the 8:29 mark of the third period, Olofsson just missed on a cross-ice feed from Brandon Montour down the left wing, but the puck careened off the end boards and over to the other side of the net. Olofsson tracked it and skated over to the left post, where he put the rebound home for his 13th goal of the season. 

The Sabres held off Nashville's attack in the final minute, including clearing efforts by Jokiharju and Eichel to ice the game. 


What it means

The Sabres are 16-11-6 on the season and 10-3-3 on home ice. 

The home win marked the Sabres' second-ever win against Nashville in Buffalo and the first since Feb. 27, 2008.

Eichel now has two goals tonight and has taken sole possession of second in the NHL with 22 goals this season. His six multi-goal games in 2019-20 lead the league.

Eichel also has 10 points (4+6) in nine career games against Nashville.

Reinhart's two-assist performance tonight gives him seven points (3G, 4A) in his last five games and nine points (6G, 3A) in nine career games against the Predators.

 

Roll the highlight film

Eichel found daylight for his first goal:

Video: NSH@BUF: Eichel buries wrister to extend point streak


And here's the team's tribute to The Aud and the '80s:

Video: Aud Night Video Open


Up next

The Sabres hit the road for a game on Saturday against the New York Islanders. Faceoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. with pregame coverage on MSG starting at 12:30 on MSG. 

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