Eichel's overtime blast lifts Sabres over Flames 2-1

January 22, 2018
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Jack Eichel was on the ice for the first 1:30 of overtime Monday in Calgary, punctuating his lengthy shift with a goal, sending the Buffalo Sabres to a 2-1 win over the Flames. Eichel's game-winner was a rocket from the near faceoff circle, his 19th goal of the season, just as a Buffalo power play expired. Chad Johnson was strong in net against his former team, making 32 saves for his first win since October 15.

The Sabres opened the game with multiple scoring chances, but Calgary jumped out to the 1-0 lead just eight minutes into the game on Matthew Tkachuk's power play goal. Camped near the Buffalo net, Tkachuk perfectly placed his stick on a Johnny Gaudreau shot, deflecting the puck up and over Johnson. The Sabres responded almost immediately as Scott Wilson took advantage of a Flames turnover 24-seconds later, beating Mike Smith for his second goal of the season.

Both teams had scoring chances throughout, but the game remained knotted 1-1 heading into the extra frame where Eichel's 10th point in six games (4 G, 6 A) sealed the Sabres' victory. Nathan Beaulieu, seeing his first action in three games following an illness, only skated for 1:15 after his head hit the ice following a scuffle with Calgary's Curtis Lazar.


Game Summary


Goal Summary:

First Period:
BUF: 8:24 - Scott Wilson (2) (Unassisted)
CGY: 8:00 - Matthew Tkachuk (14) (PPG) (Johnny Gaudreau, Mark Giordano)

Second Period:
BUF: NONE
CGY: NONE

Third Period:
BUF: NONE
CGY: NONE

Overtime:
BUF: 1:30 - Jack Eichel (19) (Ryan O'Reilly, Rasmus Ristolainen)
CGY: NONE


Penalty Summary:

First Period:
BUF: 3:11 - Nathan Beaulieu (5 min., fighting). 6:51 - Jake McCabe (2 min., tripping). 13:27 - Kyle Okposo (2 min., slashing). 16:47 - Nicholas Baptiste (2 min., goaltender interference)
CGY: 3:11 - Curtis Lazar (5 min., fighting)

Second Period:
BUF: NONE
CGY: 17:46 - Dougie Hamilton (2 min., interference)

Third Period:
BUF: NONE
CGY: 15:46 - Michael Stone (2 min., interference). 19:27 - Mikael Backlund (2 min., holding the stick)

Overtime:
BUF: NONE
CGY: NONE


Shots on Goal:

BUF - 33 (12, 8, 11, 2); CGY - 33 (13, 12, 8, 0)


Goalies:

BUF: Chad Johnson - 32 saves
CGY: Mike Smith - 31 saves


Power Plays:

BUF: 0 of 3 (0%)
CGY: 1 of 3 (33.3%)


Three Stars:

  1. Chad Johnson - BUF
  2. Mike Smith - CGY
  3. Jack Eichel - BUF


What's Next:

The Sabres return to action on Tuesday night, visiting the Edmonton Oilers for a 9 p.m. faceoff at Rogers Place. Pre-game coverage with Brian Koziol and Paul Hamilton begins at 8 p.m. on WGR!