Eichel, Atlantic finish 2nd in All-Star Tournament

Atlantic Division's Nikita Kucherov, right, of the Tampa Bay Lightning, is congratulated by Atlantic Division teammate Jack Eichel, of the Buffalo Sabres, after scoring during the NHL hockey All-Star game Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018 in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Making his first appearance in the NHL All-Star Game, Jack Eichel helped propel the Atlantic All-Stars to the championships game with a goal and two assists in their semifinal win over the Metro.

However, Eichel was kept off the board in the title showdown against the Pacific, in an eventual 5-2 loss.

Eichel’s second assist was in the semifinal victory was jaw dropping — while a third was taken off the board (as was Erik Karlsson’s goal) due to an offside challenge.

Trailing 3-2 — Eichel took a feed from Nikita Kucherov — spun and sent a backhand pass back to the hometown guy who buried the puck to pull even with the Metro All-Stars at 3.

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The Sabres lone rep in Tampa later scored the game-winning goal to send the Atlantic squad to the $1 million game.

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Brock Boeser was named the MVP on the All-Star Game.

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