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Eichel has hat trick, Golden Knights beat Sabers for ninth straight win

Eichel has hat trick, Golden Knights beat Sabers for ninth straight win

BUFFALO — Jack Eichel He scored a hat trick and had an assist, and the Vegas Golden Knights won their ninth straight, 7-4 against the Buffalo Sabers at KeyBank Center on Thursday.

It was Eichel’s first points in his second game against the Sabers since being traded to the Golden Knights by Alex fabric i Peyton Krebs on November 4, 2021.

He was greeted with heavy boos every time he was on the ice.

“It’s satisfying,” Eichel said. “It’s satisfying to come here and win. I think that was the biggest thing for our group tonight. They were desperate and gave us everything we could handle. And we found a way to make the plays when we needed to.”

Chandler Stephenson had one goal and three assists, Alex Pietrangelo had one goal and two assists, and Logan Thompson made 31 saves for the Golden Knights (13-2-0), who swept a five-game road trip for the first time.

“Probably the best start to my career that I’ve ever had,” said the Las Vegas captain Mark Stone said “Knock on wood, good health. Great goaltender, our defense has been good. Jack is leading the way offensively, but if you look at the board, so many guys stepped up offensively … So it was a good game for us. and it’s a good start. We have to go home and carry the momentum.”

Video: Jack Eichel has the third hat trick of the career

Tage Thompson scored twice, Dylan Cozens had two assists, and Eric Comrie made 29 saves for the Sabers (7-7-0), who have lost four straight.

“I think we were a little sloppy at times, giving them free offense and they’re a good team,” Thompson said. “They’re going to make you pay. That’s something we’ve got to learn going forward, managing the puck on both blue lines and making sure we don’t turn it over. That’s how it goes sometimes. We’ve just got to be a little bit better.”

Stephenson gave the Golden Knights a 1-0 lead on the power play at 5:44 of the first period on a layup from the bottom of the right circle with a rebound.

Thompson tied it 1-1 at 16:23 on the power play from the left circle with a no-look pass from Kyle Okposo.

Nicolas Hague It appeared to score 23 seconds later, but the goal was disallowed when video review revealed that Hague advanced the puck in the offensive zone without possession and control and was offside.

Phil Kessel gave Vegas a 2-1 lead at 3:43 of the second period on a layup from the left circle.

Video: [email protected]: Kessel scores 2nd of season in 2nd period

Casey Mittelstadt cut to the net on a power play and lifted a backhand stick over Logan Thompson to tie it 2-2 at 14:09.

Paul Cotter put Vegas up 3-2 on a breakaway, sliding the puck through Comrie’s right leg at 17:08.

“We gave them too much,” Sabers coach Don Granato said. “I thought Comrie was great in the first half, the breakdowns we gave up were self-inflicted. He was very good there and there were enough opportunities for us to get it, to do good things. We just didn’t convert. It didn’t clean up abandonment”.

Pietrangelo made it 4-2 at 3:52 of the third period when his point shot deflected off the post of a Sabers defenseman. Jacob Bryson. It was his first goal of the season.

Eichel found himself uncovered on the left side of the net to extend it to 5-2 at 6:13. He has 12 points (six goals, six assists) on a seven-game hitting streak.

“It felt good,” Eichel said. “I had a couple of escapes…Obviously they were with me all night. Yeah, it felt good to get one. It was a big point in the game for our group. I never felt like we had the full control. Give them. A lot of credit. They’re a really good team over there. They make a lot of plays and put a lot of pressure on you defensively. They’ve got really good players.”

Thompson made it 5-3 at 9:40, driving to the net by Hague and into the top corner.

Video: [email protected]: Thompson scores 10th goal of season in 3rd

Eichel made it 6-3 at 14:37 from the bottom of the right circle.

Rasmus Asplund cut it to 6-4 with a goal at 16:31.

Eichel completed his third NHL hat trick when he scored into an empty net with eight seconds left to make it 7-4.

“I don’t think we’ve come into our identity at any point this year,” Granato said. “Those are the situations that lead you to your identity. We played with a little bit more pace and we generated more, we had more shots and more shot attempts. We scored four, obviously. We had sticks, we had chances to lost, then [generating] it’s not a problem. It’s giving too many, too many gifts. That was the challenge. That was the theme tonight, of course. Trade the opportunities for the talent they have, it works the way it worked.”

NOTES: Vegas streak is 10-game winning streak, April 9-28, 2021. … Golden Knights placed goaltender Laurent Brossoit on resignations … Pietrangelo has 400 NHL assists. … Thompson has 15 points (nine goals, six assists) in the last eight games. He is the first Sabers player to score 10 goals in 14 or fewer games since Thomas Vanek did it in 10 games in 2012-13. … Buffalo forward Vinnie Hinostroza had an assist in 14:42 after being scratched the last five games. … The Golden Knights have scored the first goal 11 times this season and lead the NHL with 20 first-period goals. … The Sabers have at least one power-play goal in eight straight games for the first time since Dec. 19, 2008, in January. 6, 2009. They are 11 of 31 (35.5 percent) on the streak.





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