The results of exhibition games have to be taken with a grain of salt, but Buffalo Sabres fans eager to move past two campaigns of hardship got exactly what they wanted from Jack Eichel‘s first preseason contest.
Eichel set up Matt Moulson‘s goal in the second period and scored a shorthanded marker with 5:44 minutes remaining in regulation time to lead Buffalo to a 3-2 victory over Minnesota.
As if to emphasize the fact that this was just an exhibition contest, the game didn’t end after three periods despite Buffalo’s lead. The two sides continued the contest in the interest of practicing the new 3-on-3 OT format and Zach Parise scored during that stretch. The official boxscore still gave the win to Buffalo though.