The Buffalo Sabres and Colorado Avalanche enjoyed a nice matinee matchup on Sunday, and it didn’t take long for the excitement to start.
Just 2:02 into the game, Sabres rookie Jack Eichel made the entire Avalanche team look quite silly when he took a puck from the Buffalo zone all the way down the ice. Right after gaining entry into the Colorado zone, Eichel ripped a shot past Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov to give Buffalo an early 1-0 lead.
Check out the goal for yourself, and enjoy the call of Sabres broadcaster Dan Dunleavy.
Varlamov would give up another goal to Evander Kane just a short time later, and was pulled by head coach Patrick Roy in favor of Calvin Pickard. As of posting, the Sabres led the Avalanche 3-1 in the third period. Buffalo is looking for its first win against Colorado since December of 2005.
With Connor McDavid back and playing well for the Edmonton Oilers, it was only a matter of time before Eichel reminded everyone that he was a stellar rookie as well. Eichel now has 17 goals and 21 assists for 38 points on the season.
For the Avalanche, this is a game that many believed they should have won. With the team fighting for a playoff spot, chances to play teams at the bottom of the league need to be taken advantage of. They just weren’t able to do that on Sunday.
Michael is a former Managing Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s covered the Buffalo Sabres, along with the NHL in general, for various outlets since 2009. His work has been featured on outlets such as Yahoo, Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports.