TAMPA, Fla. — Jack Eichel had three points Sunday as the Atlantic Division beat the Metropolitan, 7-4, in one semifinal at the NHL All-Star Game in Amalie Arena.
But the Buffalo Sabres center, one of the game's standouts on the ice, also scored huge points on the humor scale with his goal celebration.
Eichel snapped a 4-4 tie on a goal with 3:20 to play and it came shortly after Erik Karlsson's goal on an Eichel feed was wiped out by an offside challenge.
After Eichel beat Washington's Braden Holtby, he joined Toronto's Auston Matthews in extending his arm and making the "good-goal" motion. It was a takeoff on what Matthews did Monday night in Toronto, when he scored and gave a take-that to officials shortly after another goal he had scored was wiped out by a controversial goalie interference call.
"Me and Auston talked about it at the faceoff previous and he was like, 'Hey, if we score here let's both point at the net' so we kind of had it planned already," Eichel said. "He said, 'We better score this shift so we can do it.' "
Eichel's team, which got a hat trick from Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov, lost to the Connor McDavid-led Pacific Division in the final, 5-2. McDavid had four assists as Pacific beat Central, 5-2, in the first game. Vancouver rookie Brock Boeser was named the MVP after scoring a goal in each game.
Eichel did not register a point in the second game. His three points tied him with with Gilbert Perreault and Brian Campbell for the fourth-most career All-Star Game points by a Sabre. Rick Martin is the leader with seven.
GOOD GOAL! 😎 pic.twitter.com/73qHcLWMki
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) January 28, 2018
Auston Matthews scores again to make it 2-1 again and saves the refs the trouble, ruling it a good goal himself. pic.twitter.com/FbOFPAEUly
— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) January 23, 2018