The Sabres came away with a 4-3 overtime win last night at home against San Jose. Jack Eichel had a big night, scoring the overtime winner in a four-point (2+2) performance.
Buffalo is now 8-1-1 on the season and 5-0-0 at KeyBank Center. The team will hit the road after today's practice for back-to-back games against the Rangers tomorrow and the Red Wings on Friday.
Their next home game is set for Monday against Arizona.
Here's what you need to know.
A look back at last night
Video: Eichel pushes Sabres to overtime win over the Sharks
From the Lexus Postgame Report…
Jack Eichel began his night against the San Jose Sharks with a scoring chance on his first shift. The Sabres captain caught a pass from linemate Sam Reinhart in tight to the net and chose to forego a shot, opting instead to send a return pass that skipped by Reinhart and out toward the blue line.
A similar play happened to begin the second period, when Eichel put his world-class skating on display during a rush to the net and again opted to attempt a pass to Reinhart. In both cases, he knew he had chances to shoot. And yes, he heard the fans telling him too.
Frustrated in the moment, he was able to smile about it after the game.
"I'm a pass-first guy, I always have been," Eichel said. "You know what, if I could go back to those first two plays, I would obviously like to shoot them. But you learn from it. I think after that I got it into my head if I get a chance around the net the puck was going there."
Video: Broadcast Interview: Jack Eichel
Video: POSTGAME: Krueger
Video: POSTGAME: Reinhart
Video: POSTGAME: Skinner
Any second guessing about his early opportunities was wiped away by the time Eichel finished his last shift, which ended with him pouncing on a loose puck in the crease and burying it in overtime. The Sabres won, 4-3. Eichel assisted on two of those goals and scored the others.
It was a trademark performance from the captain, who helped the Sabres continue their red-hot start to the season. Their 8-1-1 record matches the 1975-76 and 2009-10 teams for the second-best 10-game start in franchise history. They're 5-0 at home for the first time since 1984-85.
Read the full recap here.
More game notes
Video: SJS@BUF: Eichel knocks in game-winning goal in OT
Courtesy of our friends at @SabresPR…
- With last night's win, the Sabres have improved to 8-1-1, matching their second-best record through 10 games in franchise history (1975-76 and 2009-10). The team's best ever start was a 10-0-0 record to begin the 2006-07 season.
- The Sabres earned their first home-and-home series sweep since they beat the Canadiens on Nov. 28 and 29, 2014.
- The team's 5-0-0 record through five home games ties Buffalo's second-best start at home, matching the 1972-73 and 1984-85 seasons. The team's record for most consecutive home wins to begin a season is six, set in the 1975-76 season.
- With his sixth career overtime goal, Jack Eichel tied Derek Roy and Thomas Vanek for the most in Sabres franchise history.
- Eichel's four-point output (2+2) gave him his seventh career outing with at least four points, tying Christian Ruuttu for 11th-most in franchise history. He's now one away from tying Danny Gare and Miroslav Satan for ninth-most.
- San Jose's first goal of the night snapped Carter Hutton's shutout streak at a career-best 134:22, surpassing his previous best of 130:51 (Feb. 16 to March 3, 2017).
- Rasmus Dahlin recorded his 10th point of the season (1+9) with an assist tonight, making him the seventh unique Sabres defenseman to record at least 10 points in the team's first 10 games of a season. He is the first to do so since Brian Campbell (1+10) in 2007-08.
- Victor Olofsson recorded his ninth point of the season with an assist tonight. Rick Martin (1971-72), Phil Housley (1982-83) and Hannu Virta (1982-83) were the only rookies in Sabres history to tally more through the team's first 10 games of a season.
Amerks play tonight
From the Amerks.com Game Preview…
The oldest rivalry in the American Hockey League will be renewed tonight in Rochester when the Amerks (3-2-0-1) welcome the Hershey Bears (4-2-1-0) to The Blue Cross Arena for the only time this season. The puck drops on the 459th all-time meeting between the league's oldest teams at 7:05 p.m. with all the action being carried live on live on The Sports Leader AM 950/95.7 FM ESPN Rochester as well as AHLTV.
Rochester has earned seven out of a possible 12 points overall through the first six games of the 2019-20 season. All but one have been one-goal games, including a pair of wins beyond regulation. The Amerks are just one of two teams (Texas Stars) in the AHL this year to appear in three games that have been decided in the extra session and are the only team having won one game in overtime as well as a shootout.
For tickets and more information, visit Amerks.com.
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