KANATA, Ontario. -- Jack Eichel scored twice to give the Buffalo Sabres a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators in the Canadian Tire Centre Tuesday night.
The win ends a three-game losing streak for the Sabres and keeps the team out of the NHL cellar heading into the league's All-Star break.
Eichel scored on the power play in the second period, combining a burst of speed with his calm and cool warp-around.
He carried the puck into the Ottawa zone, blew by the defense, went behind the net and casually tucked the puck into the net on the wraparound. The tally tied the game, 2-2, at 13:48 of the second.
Eichel then gave the Sabres their first lead of the game 3-2, just 1:08 into the third. He took advantage of an uncontrolled puck by Sens goalie Craig Anderson and was at the side of the net to push the puck past the goal line.
That gave Eichel his third multi-goal game of the season, all against divisional opponents. The rookie now has 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in his last 18 games.
It was the first win for the Sabres against the Sens in Canadian Tire Centre since March 10, 2012.
First goal and challenge: The Sabres had been outshooting the Sens, 6-0, through the first 6:30 of the game. Then the Sens got a shot. And a rebound. And Erik Karlsson poked the puck past Robin Lehner for a 1-0 Sens lead. The Sabres challenged for goalie interference, but after a lengthy review the call on the ice stood.
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Lucky bounces: The Sabres tied the game at 11:12 of the first when a dump-in went off the end boards with a funny bounce and landed to the side of Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson. Caught slightly in the netting, Anderson couldn't play the hop and Evander Kane knocked the puck in the net for a 1-1 game.
Bad rebounds: Lehner gave up his second rebound goal of the game at 10:03 of the second when Bobby Ryan gathered up a rebound off a shot from Cody Ceci and pushed it behind the Sabres goalie.
Assist for the goalie: Lehner set up the Sabres second goal with his outlet pass to Eichel to notch his second career assist. His other assist was with Ottawa when the Sens played at Columbus on Oct. 28, 2014.
Another review: Ryan tried to get a puck past Lehner on his stick side and celebrated as if he scored for the Sens. The official on the ice immediately waived off the goal and a quick review confirmed the puck never crossed the goal line with 7:38 left in the third.
Roster report: Josh Gorges (upper body) was again out of the lineup for the third straight game and fifth in the last six. Dan Bylsma said Gorges did skate on his own at the Canadian Tire Centre earlier on Tuesday but was not game ready. The injury report remained the same – Tyler Ennis (upper body, 13 games missed), Nicolas Deslauriers (lower body, 11 games missed) and Sam Reinhart (upper body, three games missed). Healthy scratches were Carlo Colaiacovo and Phil Varone.
Attendance: There were 16,815 in the Canadian Tire Centre on Tuesday. The Senators entered the game averaging 17,933 through 23 home games this season. Capacity is 18,694.
Hockey Talks: The Sens had a ceremonial puck drop to honor the annual Bell Let's Talk Day along with Hockey Talks. In the campaign by telecommunication's business Bell, the company will donate 5 cents to mental health initiatives for every tweet using the hashtag #BellLetsTalk.
Up next: The Sabres are off for the NHL All-Star Break. The team returns on Feb. 3 when they travel to Montreal.