The Buffalo Sabres are starting to heat up, and it’s no surprise that so, too, is Jack Eichel.
The Sabres forward appears to have shaken off any rust that might have accompanied him upon returning from injury earlier this season, highlighting his emergence with a gorgeous game-winning goal against the Nashville Predators on Wednesday night in Music City.
Eichel, who was born for 3-on-3 overtime, gathered the puck between the faceoff circles of his own end before carrying it up the ice, weaving in and out of traffic. He successfully navigated the neutral zone and then turned on the jets into the Nashville zone, as the Predators gave him the entire left side of the ice. He then stick-handled through all three Preds before getting off a ridiculous wrist shot for the game-winning goal midway through the extra frame.
He makes it look so easy.
It was Eichel’s second goal of the game, his fourth in the last five games, and he has six points (as well as an insane 29 shots on goal) in that stretch. It’s likely not a coincidence the Sabres are 4-1-0 over their last five and have won three in a row.
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