Eichel extends points streak to NHL leading 15 games, Sabres defeat Preds 4-3

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Buffalo Sabres forward Jack Eichel (9) skates during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

The Buffalo Sabres defeated the Nashville Predators 4-3 Thursday night.

Despite outshooting the Predators 11-6 midway through the first period, Buffalo trailed 1-0 after Matt Duchene lit the lamp for Nashville just :57 seconds into the game.

Jimmy Vesey would hit a career milestone tallying his 100th NHL point as he tied things up at 1-1. Vesey redirected the puck in front of the net off a pass from Rasmus Ristolainen.

However, Nashville regained the lead less than a minute later when Colton Sissons netted his seventh goal of the season. The Predators headed into the break with a 2-1 lead.

Jack Eichel continued his hot streak, as he rang home a filthy shot off the crossbar and the post to tie the game 2-2. The goal was the captain’s 21st of the season, and extended his league-leading points streak to 15 games.

Still in the second period, Eichel netted his 22nd of the year on a tip in from Henri Jokiharju’s shot to give Buffalo the 3-2 lead. Nashville would once again tie the game when Ryan Johansen snuck the puck five-hole past Linus Ullmark.

After a relatively back and forth beginning to the third period, Victor Olofsson embodied the mantra “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. ” The rookie missed on his first opportunity to beat, Saros, but collected his own rebound and put it past the Nashville netminder to give Buffalo the 4-3 lead.

Buffalo now extends their win streak to three straight games, and has points in nine of their last 11 games. The Sabres kick off a three game road trip Saturday against the Islanders.

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