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Erik Karlsson

Eichel has 2 points in season debut, Sabres beat Senators

Jack Eichel finally made his season debut and gave the Buffalo Sabres a big boost.

After missing the first 21 games due to sprained ankle just before the season opener, Eichel had a goal and an assist to help the Sabres beat the Ottawa Senators 5-4 on Tuesday night.

"I was really excited and had a lot of energy waiting for the game to start," Eichel said. "I think it helps a little bit when you're able to get a couple points on the power play at the beginning of the game. It kind of settles you down."

Ryan O'Reilly had two goals and an assist for Buffalo, and Kyle Okposo and Sam Reinhart also scored.

"It's a momentum thing,"...

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