January 3, 2020 / 3:06 AM / 20 days ago

Sabres top Oilers on Eichel's penalty shot in OT

EditorsNote: 4th graf, change 5-11-1 to 5-10-2; 8th graf, take out repeated word ‘that’

Jan 2, 2020; Buffalo, New York, USA; Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) takes a shot as Buffalo Sabres cednter Jack Eichel (9) looks on in the first period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Jack Eichel scored on a penalty shot in overtime as the Buffalo Sabres rallied to snap a four-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the visiting Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night.

Eichel, who was awarded the shot after being harassed enough while breaking to the net at just 1:09 into the extra session, went wide and then skated in on Edmonton netminder Mike Smith (23 saves). The Sabres star then shot up top and past Smith for his 26th goal of the season to give the hosts their second victory in nine games.

Eichel has six goals in nine career games versus Edmonton.

Buffalo trailed 2-0 early in the first period, but fought back to drop Edmonton to 5-10-2 since late November. It was also a third consecutive road defeat for the Oilers, who opened a five-game trip away from home.

Edmonton opened the scoring 5:06 into the game. Riley Sheahan was at the doorstep to sneak the puck into a relatively empty net off a Josh Archibald deflection in front of the net.

Less than two minutes later, the Oilers made it 2-0. This time, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was the beneficiary of Edmonton drawing traffic in front of Sabres netminder Linus Ullmark (25 saves) to drive home his third goal in four games.

Buffalo managed to cut the Oilers’ deficit to 2-1 when Curtis Lazar put in a wraparound attempt by Marcus Johansson with 11:21 left in the first.

Neither team found the net in the second period, but the Sabres managed to tie the game at 2-2 early on the third. Zach Bogosian drove a shot from the point that Sam Reinhart deflected in for his 13th of goal of the season and career No. 100 at 3:53 into the third period.

Talented Buffalo rookie Victor Olofsson, second on the team with 34 points, suffered an apparent leg injury early in the third period.

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