Jack Eichel sets up Matt Moulson with no-look, behind-the-back pass

Buffalo Sabres rookie Jack Eichel added to his bag of NHL tricks Tuesday night, finding Matt Moulson with a perfect no-look, behind-the-back pass the latter converted for his first goal in 45 games.

Sabres forward scores 1st goal in 45 games

Sabres centre Jack Eichel's no-look, behind-the-back pass to Matt Moulson against the Senators on Tuesday night led to the latter's fifth goal of the season and first in 45 games. Eichel began the night third among NHL rookies in assists with 21. The 19-year-old was also tied for third with Buffalo teammate Sam Reinhart with 17 goals. (Rick Scuteri/Associated Press)

For Senators fans that made the trek to Canadian Tire Centre after a snowstorm dumped nearly 50 centimetres in the Ottawa area, Jack Eichel made it worthwhile.

Sure, the 19-year-old NHL rookie skates for the Buffalo Sabres, but his pass to set up Matt Moulson for Tuesday night's opening goal should have brought any fan out of their seat.

Standing below the Senators' goalline, Eichel's behind-the-back pass fooled Ottawa forward Curtis Lazar and found the right skate of linemate Matt Moulson, who took the puck, fought off all-star defenceman Erik Karlsson and backhanded a shot that beat goalie Craig Anderson at 6:01 of the first period.

Moulson's fifth goal of the season broke a 44-game goal drought for the 32-year-old native of North York, Ont.

On Jan. 5, Eichel's no-look backhand pass to Ryan O'Reilly spoiled Florida goalie Roberto Luongo's shutout bid and was the lone Sabres goal in a 5-1 loss.

As talented as Eichel is at dishing the puck, the six-foot-two, 200-pound centre is pretty good at putting it in the back of the net. His 17 goals in 57 games entering Tuesday's contest put Eichel in a tie for third with teammate Sam Reinhart among NHL rookies behind Chicago's Artemi Panarin (19) and Detroit's Dylan Larkin (18).


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