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NHL - US Sports: Eichel relishes being difference maker

After scoring the game-winning-goal with 5.2 seconds left to beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1, Vegas Golden Knights forward Jack Eichel said he relishes being a difference maker.

The Golden Knights, 11/1 to win the Stanley Cup acquired the 25-year-old from the Buffalo Sabres on 4th November before giving him permission to undergo surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck.

Return from surgery

Eichel missed several months of action before returning to make his Vegas debut against the Colorado Avalanche on 16th February. 

Since, the first-round, 2nd overall draft-pick of the Sabres in 2015, has scored six points (three goals, three assists) in nine games for the Golden Knights.

Eichel is in his seventh NHL season and has amassed 361 points (142 goals, 219 assists) in 384 regular season games whilst also appearing in thee All-Star games.

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Winning moments come easy

During his time with the Sabres, he scored an impressive 25 game-winning goals.

Eichel is yet to appear in a Stanley Cup playoff game, something he expects to be able to do with the Golden Knights who sit third in the Pacific Division with a 32-21-4 record.

Eichel said after his late winner against Ottawa: "That's what you miss, just making a difference. You're just trying to help the team win. As a competitor, you miss competing and being out there and having moments like that, helping win hockey games.''

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