The Buffalo Sabres have signed goaltender Craig Anderson to a one-year contract worth $750,000.
Ranks second among active NHL goaltenders in career saves (18,251) and fifth in career wins (291).
Was the recipient of the Bill Masterton Trophy in 2017, an award given annually “to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.”
Played 10 of his 18 career seasons for the Ottawa Senators and ranks first among the franchise’s all-time goaltenders (min. 100 GP) in wins (202) and save percentage (.914).
Jack Eichel established a new career high with his 29th goal in his 49th game of the season. His previous career high of 28 goals was recorded in 77 games last season.
In seven games against the Senators in the last two seasons, Eichel has recorded 13 points (6+7). He now has 24 points (10+14) in 16 career games against Ottawa, including at least a point in all but three of those games and 16 points (7+9) in nine home games.
With his goal, Sam Reinhart has now totaled 17 points (7+10) in his last 17 meetings with the Senators. Reinhart has 22 points (9+13) in the Sabres’ last 22 contests, including at least one point in eight of the last nine (6+5).
Linus Ullmark left the game with a lower-body injury in the third period.
With a career-high four goals tonight, Jack Eichel became the Sabres’ first four-goal scorer since Thomas Vanek (April 10, 2010 at Ottawa).
Tonight was the 13th time a Sabre has scored at least four goals in a game.
Eichel is the seventh different player to score four in a game for the team, joining Rick Martin (4x), Dave Andreychuk (3x), Alexander Mogilny (2x), Lindy Ruff, Miroslav Satan and Thomas Vanek.
Eichel’s third goal marked his second career hat trick (last: 12/15/17 vs. Carolina) and the first hat trick by a Sabres player since Sam Reinhart’s on Feb. 23, 2019 vs. Washington.
Eichel recorded his seventh career multi-point game against Ottawa, including four in his last five games against the Senators.
He now has seven multi-point games this season, tying for 11th-most in the league at the conclusion of tonight’s game. His three multi-goal games tie for fifth-most in the NHL this season.
Eichel now has 23 points (9+14) in 15 career games against Ottawa. His 23points and 1.53 points per game against the Senators represent his best outputs against any NHL opponent.
Sam Reinhart assisted on Eichel’s first two goals and now has nine points (4+5) in his last eight games.
Reinhart has now recorded 16 points (6+10) in his last 15 games against the Senators, including 10 points (3+7) in eight home games.
Victor Olofsson recorded the primary assist on Eichel’s second goal to extend his point streak to four games (1+3). The streak matches his career high, which was set in the first four games of this season.
With tonight’s win, the Sabres have two wins against the Senators in a season for the first time since 2011-12.
Sam Reinhart’s goal was his 20th of the year. He and Jack Eichel are now the third pair of Sabres rookies ever to record 20 goals in the same season, joining Danny Gare (31) and Peter McNab (22) in 1974-75 and Gilbert Perreault (38) and Steve Atkinson (20) in 1970-71.
Eichel (49) and Reinhart (35) are also the first pair of Sabres rookies to each hit the 35-point mark since three Sabres rookies did so in 1987-88: Ray Sheppard (65), Pierre Turgeon (42) and Calle Johansson (42)
Zach Bogosian (goal tonight) now has 11 points (5+6) in his last 12 games.
With his assist tonight, Ryan O’Reilly now has 11 assists in his last 11 games played.
Evander Kane (assist tonight) now has eight points (2+6) in his last eight games.
Chad Johnson has now won five straight starts for the first time since he won six straight from March 9 to 29, 2014 as a member of the Boston Bruins.