Eichels first goal of season helps Sabres get past Rangers

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BUFFALO — Jack Eichel scored his first goal of the season to break a tie in the second period, helping the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-2 win against the New York Rangers at KeyBank Center on Tuesday.

Dylan Cozens and Tobias Rieder scored, and Linus Ullmark made 28 saves for the Sabres (3-3-1), who won their second straight game.

K’Andre Miller scored his first NHL goal, Chris Kreider scored, and Alexandar Georgiev made 21 saves for the Rangers (1-4-1), who have lost four in a row.

Kreider gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead at 6:28 of the first period. Pavel Buchnevich picked up a loose puck after Sabres defenseman Colin Miller‘s pass attempt bounced off a skate back into the zone and passed to Kreider in the slot.

Cozens one-timed a pass from Eric Staal on the power play to tie it 1-1 at 12:50.

Miller scored from the point to put New York ahead 2-1 with seven seconds left in the period.

Rieder sped down the right wing as a Sabres penalty expired and slid the puck behind Georgiev on a breakaway to tie it 2-2 at 6:03 of the second period.

Eichel gave Buffalo its first lead at 7:31, scoring on a one-timer from the slot on the power play to make it 3-2. 

The Sabres killed off a penalty for the final 1:37 of the game after forward Taylor Hall was called for boarding.

The teams play again here Thursday.

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