Sabres' Eichel leads the way in L.A. with three assists

Jeff Skinner notches the hat trick in win as well

Paul Hamilton
October 20, 2018 - 6:57 pm

Photo: Matt Kartozian - USA TODAY Sports


(WGR 550) - I’ve been saying since the San Jose game ended that Jack Eichel has to be the leader that leads them out of their mini slump. On Saturday in Los Angeles, he did just that.

The new Sabres captain worked hard and by the end of the afternoon, he had three assists. You should’ve seen the work Eichel put in on Jeff Skinner’s second goal. Eichel battled along the left wing wall against three different Kings and came out with the puck.  

Eichel used his speed and then went to the net on Jason Pominville’s goal and he quickly got the puck up ice to Evan Rodrigues to lead the attack on Skinner’s hat-trick goal. By picking up three points, Eichel is back on a point per-game pace, picking up eight points in eight games.

Phil Housley knew his team was struggling so he changed the lines and defensive pairings. Pominville went to the right wing with Eichel and Skinner and made a difference. I don’t think it’s the long-term answer, but I totally agree with the move short-term.

Linus Ullmark gave up a screened third period goal, breaking his career long shutout streak at 137:17. Ullmark was strong as he always looked under control and made the saves that had to be made. In two games against the NHL’s worst two offenses, the kid has only surrendered one goal.

The Kings didn’t play well, but I think what needs to be pointed out is the Sabres put a lot of good work in from start until finish. They played hard, which led to a lot of possession time.

The Sabres needed their best players to be their best players and not only did that happen, but Buffalo got some secondary scoring too from Pominville and Zach Bogosian.

The defensive effort was strong. Buffalo only allowed 20 shots, which is their lowest total against in two years.

There’s no time to rest as the Sabres take a half hour bus ride to Anaheim to play the Ducks on Sunday.

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