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Dan Bylsma Sends A Message To Jack Eichel

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Matt Moulson, whose seven power-play goals entered the night one off the NHL lead, was moved from the second unit on to Eichel's spot at the point of the first. Marcus Foligno went on the second unit. Eichel stayed on the bench for the first opportunity against the NHL's top penalty-killing team.

Eichel takes losing worse than any Sabres player of recent years, along the lines of Ryan Miller and Chris Drury. He was furious in the dressing room after this one, slamming equipment into his duffel bag before a brief meeting with reporters. It's the kind of fire a team needs more of when times are tough.

Eichel has no points and is minus-5 in his last four games. Bylsma admitted to sending both team and star player a message.

"It's not my decision. It's the coach's," Eichel said. "They have a really good PK and we had a lot of good opportunities on the power play. We just need to finish them....

Eichel words were politically correct but he was clearly seething. Asked if he was surprised to not be on the ice, the 20-year-old said the time to discuss the topic was over.

"I think I just answered that. I'm not the coach," he said. "Like I said, we had a lot of opportunities on the first power play. ... I was on the second power play. I'm out there working hard. I think that's all I really have to say about that."

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Below, watch Eichel post-game...

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