The Carolina Hurricanes took on the Buffalo Sabres in their last game of their long road trip. The Hurricanes had plenty of issues trying to stop Jack Eichel, but his hat trick wasn’t enough to keep the Canes from heading home with a 5-4 overtime win.
The first period of play saw a few chances both way but a few good saves at either end by Cam Ward and Chad Johnson kept the period scoreless.
Despite being unusually outshot in the second period, the Hurricanes struck first with a Williams goal at the 10:16 mark. Jordan Staal and Brock McGinn supplied the helpers.
Jack Eichel would respond just 30 seconds later with his first of three in the game, bringing the score to 1-1.
The third period would be chock-full of action on a wild ride to overtime. Jake McCabe opened the period with his second goal of his season just over a minute in to push the Sabres ahead 2-1. But Jordan Staal answered less than two minutes later with a rebound goal, with some help from Slavin and Justin Williams to tie it up.
Derek Ryan struck next 4:03 into the third on a point shot from Brett Pesce. Ryan redirected the puck to the long side past Johnson. Elias Lindholm continued to build the Hurricanes momentum with his ninth tally of the season, giving the visitors a 4-2 lead.
And then, in the span of ten seconds, the Hurricanes experienced a true first-line center carrying his team back into a game that they would otherwise have no business being in.
At 9:24 in the third period Eichel danced around Slavin and wristed the puck through traffic, beating Ward on the stick side. Then, on the next shift, Eichel struck again earning himself his first career hat trick. This is quintessential Canes right here.
The game would remain knotted at 4-4 until the final horn, sending the Canes to their fourth overtime in five games.
In the overtime period, Chad Johnson made a big stop early on to Jaccob Slavin, but Evander Kane would soon earn a breakaway. Ward came up with a huge save on the sniper and the Hurricanes carried the momentum in the other direction. Aho danced through the zone and got the puck to Elias Lindholm. Lindy found Slavin at the point and he wristed the puck above Johnson’s glove through an Eichel screen for the game winner.
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