Video of Day: Eichel scores on breakaway


Our Video of Day is back for the New Year. The first post of 2016 features Sabres rookie center Jack Eichel scoring on a breakaway against the Red Wings during today’s game. He got his second on a break in after Pavel Datsyuk fell down and beat Petr Mrazek with a forehand deke off the goal post and off Mrazek and in.

The best part is listening to a revved up Rick Jeanneret call the goal. Is there a more exciting announcer in sports? Jeanneret is a legend. His enthusiasm is second to none.

Eichel also got the other Buffalo goal in the second period. His two goals came 3:01 apart to help tie the game. The first was a snap shot from the right circle. Buffalo now trails Detroit 3-2 early in the third.

The 19-year old Eichel has been hot of late. He concluded December with nine points (2-7-9) in the last six games. That included a career high four points (2-2-4) in a 6-3 win over the Bruins. With two more goals today, that gives him 11 points in the last 7. He’s now tied with Detroit’s Dylan Larkin for first in goals (13) among rookies.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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