Jack Eichel put the Sabres on his back and tied the game with two goals in three minutes.
Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel has had an impressive rookie season despite his team’s struggles. Entering Saturday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings, Eichel had 23 points and 11 goals in 38 games. The Sabres quickly found themselves down 2-0 to the Red Wings. Jack Eichel took it upon himself to personally lead the Sabres to a tie game thanks to two unbelievable goals in three minutes.
His first goal came on a power play. It was the Sabres first power play goal in quite some time. Defenseman Rasmus Ristolanen found Eichel after the rookie center found a soft spot in Detroit’s penalty kill around the slot. Give a sniper that much room, he’s going to do damage.
That wasn’t enough for Eichel, though. He didn’t even get to show off his explosive speed and agility, arguably the best part about his game. He got on a breakaway after a neutral zone turnover. His man lost his footing and away Eichel went. He scored just 181 seconds after his power play goal to tie the game at two.
Eichel might have just had his Calder Trophy moment.