Though the Vegas Golden Knights fell to the San Jose Sharks by a 5-2 final on Tuesday night, it wasn’t all bad news for the resurgent club.
Late in the first period, Eichel was able to create a turnover off of a fanned pass from Sharks defenseman Nick Cicek. He proceeded to carry the puck over the Sharks blue line before firing a cross-ice pass to Chandler Stephenson, who then dropped it back for defenseman Shea Theodore. Once Theodore got the puck, Eichel found open ice and was in perfect position to one-time a pass home from Theodore to make it a 1-0 game. The goal itself was a beauty, but what made it so special was that it marked the 400th point of Eichel’s career.
For the 26-year-old Eichel, his 400th point came in his 426th game, a true testament to just how good of a player he’s been since breaking into the NHL back in 2015-16. Any questions surrounding his neck procedure and whether he would get back to being an elite level player have quickly been answered in this 2022-23 season, as he has an impressive 10 goals and 20 points through 17 games.
Both of those totals lead the Golden Knights, and have resulted in plenty of team success, as they currently sit first in the Western Conference with a 13-4-0 record. The wins should continue to pile up as Eichel is showing no signs of slowing down, and has a very real chance to pass his career-high of 82 points if he is able to stay healthy.
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