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What Jack Eichel Had To Say After His Hat Trick Return To Buffalo

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Jack Eichel and Logan Thompson, Vegas Golden Knights (Photo- Vegas Golden Knights via Twitter)

The stories write themselves.

Former Buffalo Sabre of six seasons, Jack Eichel returned to play his former team Thursday night and scored four points in a period, including a hat-trick, to help the Vegas Golden Knights win 7-4.

It was Eichel’s first overall hat trick as a Golden Knight and his third at KeyBank Center. His four points in the third period have set a Golden Knights record for the most points in a single period.

With six goals, five assists, and 11 points in his last six games, Eichel is on pace for a 103-point season.

A disagreement over the future of Eichel’s career, both medically and competitively, propelled him to ask for a trade from the Sabres. On Nov. 4, 2021, he was traded to the Golden Knights in a blockbuster deal.

In his first return to KeyBank Center, Eichel was booed as the playoff-chasing Golden Knights lost 3-1. Both Alex Tuch and Peyton Krebs, whom Eichel was traded for, scored in the Sabres’ victory.

A then frustrated Eichel had some choice words for the Sabres fanbase postgame.

“That’s about the loudest I’ve heard this place, ever. It only took seven years and me leaving for them to get into the game… There were plenty of people here supporting me, and there were plenty of people here that were booing me. They must have just been booing me because they wish I were still here,” Eichel said.

Now eight months later, Eichel made his second return in a much more glorious fashion. After each and every one of his goals, he made sure to soak in the reactions of the crowd at KeyBank Center, which was at 82.6% capacity Thursday night.

“It felt good. I had a couple of breakaways. They were obviously on me all night and it felt good to get one. It was at a big point in the game for our group,” said Eichel after Thursday night’s win.

Eichel took much more of a humble approach in his postgame answers this time, continuously saying how lucky he was for the opportunity to restart his career with the Golden Knights essentially.

“I just tried to enjoy it, the whole experience. I just feel very privileged to be able to play this game. It was a great team win for us, we had a good road trip. I’ve just been enjoying playing hockey this year and trying to make the most of every night,” said Eichel.

After the first two periods, the story was almost completely different as Sabres goaltender Eric Comrie shut down Eichel on two breakaway chances. Paul Cotter was the only one to score on a breakaway.

“The crowd was enjoying them (the breakaways). I guess I will have to go back to the drawing board and work on my breakaways,” said Eichel.

Eichel only scored on Comrie twice. One was off a juicy rebound, and the other came five-hole off the rush with Chandler Stephenson and Mark Stone. This line is now fourth in the NHL in expected goals.

The hat-trick goal might have been Eichel’s most impressive of the night as it came in his own end with the empty net. He shot a puck down the ice 199 feet away from the goal to score near Logan Thompson.

“I haven’t had too much luck this year with empty nets. You just try and take advantage of it if you can. It seemed like he (Eric Comrie) had my number a couple of times on the breakaways. Sometimes it’s easier to score when he is not in the net,” said Eichel.

In such a high-stakes game with Eichel’s return, a winning streak, and a perfect road trip on the line, #ExpressiveMarkStone was naturally present. The Golden Knights captain was very vocal in his support for Eichel postgame.

“That’s one of the coolest games I have ever been a part of, especially in the regular season. I’ve had games going back to Ottawa where I was able to score and get wins, it feels great. I’m sure he feels a ton of emotions right now. Just an incredible game for him” said Stone.

Stone, who has played with guys like Erik Karlsson, Marc-Andre Fleury, Daniel Alfredsson, and Mika Zibanejad, went as far as to say that Eichel might be the best player he has ever played with.

“I’m gonna back this guy no matter what. He’s one of the most impressive teammates I have ever played with, if not the best player I have ever played. It’s all about support in this locker room. Everyone is supporting each other and I couldn’t be happier for the guy, he deserves it,” said Stone.

It’s clear that the team wanted to win for Eichel, something head coach Bruce Cassidy echoed as well.

“No one likes to see a teammate get booed. I’ll say it as simply as I can. It hurts everybody. We’re a close-knit team, so we’re happy for him,” said Cassidy.

“We just wanted to support him… They (the fans) were on him all night, but it shows his character, he wants to win the game, and he will do anything to win the game, and there was a lot of emotion when he gets those big goals,” added Mark Stone.

Winners of Eichel’s no. 9 straight, Golden Knights have Friday off as they travel home from a perfect road trip to take on the St. Louis Blues Saturday night at T-Mobile at 7 p.m.

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Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

The GOLDEN KNIGHTS are LOOKING GOOD!!
As are NEW JERSEY and BOSTON!!
I am sure that NAZEM KADRI is wishing that he were traded to the DEVILS or the BRUINS right now!!
I am wondering how many hockey fans know that the original name of the LAS VEGAS hockey club was going to be: THE BLACK KNIGHTS??!!
The LEAFS are in TOUGH against the DEVILS tomorrow night!!
As a LEAF fan, I would be satisfied with just ONE point or even just a ONE GOAL LOSS!!
SURPRISE SURPRISE!!
The result was BETTER THAN EXPECTED!!!
If the LEAFS can beat the DEVILS they should be able to beat thew WILD!!
Almost 100% of NHL hockey players are millionaires ( I think that EVANDER KANE with his gambling problem is an exception).
I will be one in 2027 DESPITE:
ONLY a $420,000 lifetime gross income for 40 years (1987-2027)!!
Only about 60% of that is EARNED GROSS INCOME!!
NO INHERITANCE or LOTTERY VICTORIES!!
LESSON: Get an EXCELLENT financial planner EARLY!!!!
It would be interesting to point out that my lifetime gross income is what is 60% of what an NHL hockey player would make for just ONE year at minimum wage!!
The LEAFS are 10-5-5: NOT BAD but their OVERTIME record is AWFUL!!
They could EASILY be 12-5-3!!
A GREAT milestone for JOHN TAVARES!!
400 goals is like hitting 700 home runs in baseball!!
ALBERT PUJOLS from the ST. LOUIS CARDINALS would not be able to beat my 45:53 10KM run for males 230 pounds + BUT I could NOT even hit ONE home run in the MAJORS!!
I did hit about 15 home runs in SOFTBALL for the PURE TOUCH SERVICES (carpet and upholstery cleaning) for AUGUST of 1990 and 1991!!
I got the MVP both years!!
Sorry folks.
the PURE TOUCH SERVICES COMPANY in KITCHENER, ONTARIO.
A HAT TRICK OF DISALLOWED GOALS FOR ONE TEAM????!!!
This MUST be a FIRST!!!!!!!!!!
The LEAFS are now 2-1-2 against the THREE best teams in the league!!!
11-5-5 overall!!!
SUNDIN was GREAT!! SANDIN will be GREAT!! SYNDIN, SONDIN, SINDIN, SENDIN and SAINDIN will be GREAT later on!!!
MARNER: Just another FIVE games for consecutive points and he will have the record for most consecutive points for games for a MAPLE LEAF!!

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

THE FLORIDA PANTHERS.
THE ARIZONA COYOTES.
THE COLORADO AVALANCHE.
THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS.
THE UTAH JAZZ.
THE NEVADA GOLDEN KNIGHTS?????!!!!!

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

BORJE SALMING RIP.
How many people remember the sign at MAPLE LEAF GARDENS: BORJE WILL NEVER BORE YA!!??

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

I was a competitive runner and made the EXACT same mistake that ARIELLE did!
Unfortunately, I am suffering from permanent consequences.
I have modified my exercise program substantially.
Instead of 20 minute to two hour runs a day and one hour workouts in the gym, I am doing light weight lifting, running on the spot and exercises I learned at my retirement home for 33 minutes every day early in the morning.
I combine that with long walks.
I go get a MEDIUM ENDORPHIN HIGH rather than an EXTREME ENDORPHIN HIGH when I was competing.
I was a GUINEA PIG for a company that tried to cut costs for janitorial position for a VERY LARGE AREA.
MULTIPLE janitors should have been hired!
I developed SEVERE TENNIS ELBOW after 10 months of work.
ARIELLE used BENGAY (33% METHYL SALICYLATE) whereas I used KALAYA (11% METHYL SALICYLATE).
The directions were VAGUE!
DON’t USE THIS MEDICATION WITH A HEATING PAD should have been replaced with: DON’T APPLY BEFORE HEAVY EXERCISE!!
APPLY THE CREAM AFTER THE EXERCISE AND COOLING DOWN PERIOD!!
https://scienceline.org/2007/08/ask-cooper-bengaydeath/#:~:text=If%20you%20were%20to%20then,brands%20that%20contain%20methyl%20salicylate.

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

Now that the NFL CHARGERS have left SAN DIEGO, I believe that it makes more sense for the SHARKS to move from SAN JOSE to SAN DIEGO and join the PADRES!!
BTW, what about KANSAS CITY, PITTSBURGH, CINCINNATI and ST. LOUIS joining the NBA??!!
BOSTON in the NFL??!!
HOUSTON, MILWAUKEE, BALTIMORE, CINCINNATI and (rejoining) CLEVELAND and KANSAS CITY in the NHL??!!

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

JOHN TORTORELLA: AUGUST, 2020:
Toronto was GREAT!! We SUCKED!!
He should have same the same thing on NOVEMBER, 2, 2022!!
The FLYERS have a MORGAN that did NOT play.
The LEAFS have a MORGAN that DID play!
The FLYERS have a GOALIE that has a last name that starts with: SANS!
The LEAFS have a GOALIE that has a last name that starts with SAMS!!
SAMS won ALTHOUGH he was BRUTAL on the FLYER’S second goal!!
The FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER SAMSONOVA could have stopped that shot!!
TORTORELLA likes the word: SUCK(ED)!!
He used it quite often in an overtime loss to the BLUE JACKETS earlier this year!!!

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

Sorry. The LEAF goal net came off THREE times against the WILD-NOT TWO!!
RE: MAPLE LEAFS NOVEMBER 26, 2022:
It was nice to see CHRISTINA AGUILERA again!
I remember that she made her singing debut in 1992 at the STANLEY CUP finals.
She is a HOT blonde BUT NOT as hot as PAIGE SPIRANAC!!
DESMITH??!!
I wonder if there is anyone in the world with the last name of DEJONES??!!
A MALGIN and a MALKIN this night!
MALGIN wins this time!!
That would be like a JONES on one team and a JONAS on the other!!
MARNER: Just TWO more games to tie EDDIE and DARRYL: THREE more for the LEAF record for consecutive games with at least a point!!
Do it for BORJE MITCH!!
13-5-5 is MORE THAN JUST SOLID in mt books!!
GO LEAFS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

In a few days, it will be the 22nd anniversary of the BIGGEST COLLAPSE IN MAPLE LEAF HISTORY for ONE GAME!!!
The LEAFS led 5-0 after TWO periods and LOST the game 6-5 in OVERTIME against ST. LOUIS!!
I can ensure you that the LEAFS were NOT celebrating TIE DOMI’S HAT TRICK that night!!
Exactly a month later, 33 years ago, the LEAFS made their BIGGEST COMEBACK EVER for ONE GAME!
Down 6-1 against BOSTON, in the second period, they came back to win 7-6 on WENDEL CLARK’S OVERTIME GOAL!!

Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

For TWO great athletes from the ARIZONA AREA: PAIGE SPIRANAC and AUSTON MATTHEWS:
BLUES FOR THE DESERTS OF WESTERN AMERICA!!:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAKOt4G7kLg&list=OLAK5uy_k7M-0PcT5vtPSusxNDlUYOkkVOJEwZ5vM&index=3

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