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Eichel scores Buffalo's lone goal in Chicago

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak / Sabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres were unable to build off Saturday night's victory in their game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.

In the second half a back-to-back set, the Sabres fell to the Blackhawks 4-1 at United Center. 

Jack Eichel snapped the shutout with his goal at the 9:39 mark of the third period. Eichel led the way on Saturday in Buffalo's 4-2 win over the Ottawa Senators, but the Buffalo offense was unable to execute on enough chances to earn two points in Chicago.

For the Blackhawks, Kirby Dach scored twice while Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews also lit the lamp to give Chicago a sizable lead. The Blackhawks have now won 10 games in a row against the Sabres at United Center with Buffalo's last win coming on Jan. 10, 2007. 

Carter Hutton made 23 saves for Buffalo while Corey Crawford stopped 33 shots. 


What happened

Dach opened the scoring, giving the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead with 4:17 left in the first period when his backhand shot deflected in past Hutton. He scored his second of the night with 7:28 remaining in the second period when he cut in alone and lifted a backhand into the back of the net. 

In the third period, Chicago scored twice early, with Kane tallying on the power play off a faceoff 3:42 into the final period, and Toews potting one at the 8:57 mark. 

Eichel responded 42 seconds after Toews' goal, capitalizing off a turnover cutting in and beating Crawford with a wrist shot. 
 

What it means

Eichel has now scored the Sabres' last five goals, including his four-goal outing on Saturday against Ottawa. 

Buffalo is now 10-7-3 on the season, but 2-6-2 in their past 10 games. 

Buffalo's power play went 0-for-4 on the night with six shots on goal with the man advantage. Over the past seven games, the Sabres' power play is 0-for-18.

The Sabres have had quite a few reinforcements in the lineup at forward with Marcus Johansson, Kyle Okposo, Johan Larsson and Kyle Okposo all missing Sunday's game. Buffalo has called up Curtis Lazar, Rasmus Asplund and Tage Thompson over the last week to help fill in at forward.

Buffalo is set to practice Monday so stay tuned to Sabres.com for injury updates. 


Roll the highlight film

Here's Eichel's 13th goal of the season:

Video: BUF@CHI: Eichel steals puck, finishes great move

 

Coming up

The Sabres host the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday at KeyBank Center for their next game.

Faceoff is at 7 p.m. with the GMC Game Night pregame show starting at 6:30 on MSG. Tickets are on sale now.


 

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