Sabres' Eichel leads a come from behind win over Toronto

The Sabres captain had two goals and an assist in the win

Paul Hamilton
November 29, 2019 - 7:34 pm
Rasmus Ristolainen and Jack Eichel

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Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - The Sabres had never lost six straight games to Toronto and they still haven’t after coming out of Friday with a big come from behind victory.

I think it made it more fun for the fans in the building that Toronto had a 2-0 second period lead only to see Buffalo score four unanswered goals to take a 4-2 lead.

The Sabres were up against, arguably, the worst goaltender in the NHL in Michael Hutchinson, yet five minutes into the second, they hadn’t scored on him. Toronto has no salary cap room for a decent backup goalie, so they’re basically going with an AHL goaltender when Freddie Andersen needs a rest.

Jeff Skinner has had many chances lately, but he got things going in this one, ripping home his 10th from the slot. It became the Jack Eichel show after that as the Sabres captain just took the game over.

Eichel came out of the penalty box and was in high gear as he carried the puck through the right circle and just wired a rocket to the far side.

Casey Mittelstadt tipped in his first goal in 17 games to give Buffalo its first lead of the game. Mittelstadt said Marco Scandella had told him before the game that the kid was going to tip in one of his shots, and Mittelstadt went to the net to make that happen.

Late in the period, Eichel went over the boards to help finish killing a penalty to Rasmus Asplund. Eichel took the puck deep into Toronto territory and faked Jake Muzzin out of his jock three different times before Victor Olofsson got setup in the left circle. Eichel put the pass right on his stick and Nic Petan just stood there and looked at Olofsson, giving him plenty of time to unleash his big shot.

The game got dicey in the third as the Leafs came at Buffalo hard, but when Dmytro Timashov closed the gap to one, Auston Matthews gave the puck away to Jimmy Vesey in front and he scored his third goal in three games.

Kasperi Kapanen made the game 5-4, but Eichel found the empty net for his 16th of the season.

Despite all the losing lately, the win put the Sabres into a third place tie with Toronto, depending on what happens in the night games.

Buffalo had 36 shots in this game and went a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill. Having Zach Bogosian back has really helped the Sabres as they’ve been 6-for-6 in the last two games.

The Sabres are in Toronto on Saturday with points in three out of four games, going 2-1-1.

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