Eichel scores in OT as Sabres beat Hurricanes 3-2

Jack Eichel scored his second goal on a breakaway at 4:59 of overtime, lifting the Buffalo Sabres to a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday.

Evander Kane had two assists and Chad Johnson made 28 saves for the Sabres, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Marcus Foligno also scored.

Victor Rask and Phillip Di Giuseppe scored for Carolina, which had won two in a row. Cam Ward made 21 saves.

The Hurricanes (31-26-12) are 10th in the Eastern Conference with 74 points.

Eichel, the No. 2 pick in last year's NHL Draft, slipped a short backhand between Ward's pads for the winning goal, his 22nd of the season. Kane's high-arching pass out of the defensive zone led to Eichel's breakaway.

Eichel's first goal put Buffalo in front 2-1 five minutes into the third period. Fellow rookie Sam Reinhart assisted on the play, taking a pass from Kane along the left side, maneuvering around Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin in the circle and feeding Eichel at the edge of the crease.

Rask's power-play goal tied it at 2 with 10:59 remaining in the third. Less than a minute after Kane took a tripping penalty, Rask received a pass from Riley Nash in front of the net and flipped a backhand over a prone Johnson for his 16th goal of the season.

Di Giuseppe opened the scoring 6:42 into the second with his sixth goal. Jeff Skinner set up the goal on a rush up the left side. While tied up with Eichel, Skinner moved toward the net and rolled the puck past Johnson's outstretched arm as he fell to the ice. Di Giuseppe chipped it in with a backhand from the right side of the net.

The Sabres tied it about a minute later when Brian Gionta's forechecking forced a turnover that led to Foligno's turnaround wrist shot from the right circle. It was Foligno's ninth of the season.

Carolina's penalty-kill unit continued its strong play, holding the Sabres scoreless on four power plays. The Hurricanes have killed off 32 of their last 35 penalties over the past 13 games. The Sabres have gone 0 for 12 on the power play in their last four games.

NOTES: Kane addressed reporters before the game for the first time since acting Erie County District Attorney Michael Flaherty announced Friday that Kane will not face criminal charges following an investigation into an alleged sexual assault. "I'm definitely happy that process is behind me and I'm grateful for the support I got from the Buffalo Sabres and my teammates and family members, as well," Kane said. . Foligno has eight points in Buffalo's last eight home games. . The Hurricanes, who entered the game ranked second in the NHL in faceoff win percentage, won 42 of 66 faceoffs (64 percent).