When you look at star forward Jack Eichel's talent, you sometimes have to look under the feet of the Buffalo Sabres, who seem to squander it as the team sits currently 30th in the League with a 8-18-7 record.
On Friday night, the 21-year-old first rounder recorded his first-career hat trick, tied a career high with four points and had a career-high 11 shots on goal against the Carolina Hurricanes. But his team dropped the ball, and the game 5-4 in overtime.
“It’s not good enough to get a point,” Eichel told reporters after the game. “It seems like it’s been the reoccurring them here of late.”
Eichel was able to score his second and third goals of the game just 10 seconds apart midway through the third period to tie the game at 4-4. But then, things went South.
“Jack took matters into his own hands a little bit there in the third and found a way to tie the game, which was a great effort on his part,” Sabres coach Phil Housley commented.
Eichel now has 11 goals and 28 points in 33 games this season.It was the first hat trick scored by a Sabres player on home ice since Thomas Vanek did it in April of 2011.