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Eichel Scores OT winner In Prospects Challenge

Jack Eichel netted the game winning goal in overtime and added an assist as the Sabres prospects beat the Bruins youngsters 3-2.

Boston controlled the play in the first period with an 11-5 edge in shots on goal, but Buffalo gradually took over after that.

Buffalo's offense, which  swarmed a listless New Jersey team on Saturday, was temporarily throttled by a scrappy Bruins squad which included four high-round 2015 draftees Jake DeBrusk, Zachary Senyshyn, Jakub Zboril and Brandon Carlo.

But the Sabres peppered the B's with 16 shots in the second period and eventually tied it in the third when Eichel fed a beautiful cross-ice saucer pass to defenseman Brycen Martin, who put it home on the power play.

Nicholas Baptiste was much less visible in this game than on Saturday, so much so that coach Randy Cunneyworth moved Sam Reinhart to top line RW later in the game. On the left side, Evan Rodrigues had some good chances but couldn't cash in. 

On defense, Brendan Guhle didn't have as good a game as he did on Saturday, but Jake McCabe had a strong and physical performance and looks ready to challenge for a roster spot with the big club.

Buffalo outshot Boston 38-29. My vote for three stars would be 1-Eichel BUF, 2-Linus Arnesson BOS, 3-Austin Czarnik BOS.

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Paul's avatar

Here is video of the game winner.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/15/15 at 11:42 AM ET

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