Jack’s back: Sabres overcome Hoffman’s hat trick, end Sens’ streak

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It probably felt like ages for Buffalo Sabres fans to finally see Jack Eichel score his first goal of the 2016-17 season.

He made sure not to take too long to do so in his season debut, then.

Eichel found the net less than halfway through the first period of tonight’s game against the Ottawa Senators. Watch that tally in the video below:

Eichel also assisted on another power-play goal when Kyle Okposo made it 1-0 about 6:16 into the contest, so he also has his first assist of the season in his first 10 minutes.

Yes, Eichel has been missed, yet he’s not exactly procrastinating.

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It’s not all good news for Buffalo tonight, as Robin Lehner left the contest early with an injury.

Update: Eichel and Ryan O'Reilly were among the stars of the night for the Sabres, who scored three of their five goals on the power play. Mike Hoffman generated a hat trick for Ottawa, yet it wasn’t enough; Buffalo won 5-4 to end the Senators’ winning streak at four games.

That had been the NHL’s second-longest active streak behind the Los Angeles Kings’ five consecutive wins, by the way.