Sunday night’s game between the Vegas Golden Knights and Ottawa Senators was an evenly contested battle all night long and appeared to be headed to overtime, but Jack Eichel had other ideas than overtime against the Senators.
The 25-year-old, who just recently returned from a neck procedure, was able to fire one home on the power play past goaltender Anton Forsberg with only 5.2 seconds remaining to give the Golden Knights a 2-1 victory. It was the third goal of the season for Eichel who is still getting comfortable after missing nearly a year. He spoke after the game about just how exciting of a goal it was for him.
“That’s what you miss,” Eichel said. “Just making a difference, just trying to help the team win. As a competitor, you miss competing and being out there and having moments like that. Scoring goals, setting guys up, helping win hockey games.”
Jack Eichel wasn’t the only Golden Knight who had large contributions on Sunday against the Senators, as goaltender Robin Lehner was outstanding, kicking aside 39 of the 40 shots he faced. Since returning from injury, he has allowed just six goals on 86 shots and appears to be getting back on track after what was a slow start to the season.
With the win, the Golden Knights are now two points ahead of the Edmonton Oilers for third place in the Pacific Division. While they are still quite banged up with several players out of the lineup, they have been playing better hockey as of late and are just three points shy of the L.A. Kings for second in the division. They will look to keep the good times rolling on Tuesday where they will face off against the Philadelphia Flyers.
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