The Buffalo Sabres are above .500 for the first time in more than five years and they did it by beating a team that was in the Stanley Cup finals just four months ago.  Jack Eichel led the way with a pair of goals in a 4-2 win over the Las Vegas Knights in a Monday matinee game at Key Bank Center.

Since that dismal opening night loss to the Boston Bruins the Sabres have put together two solid efforts to improve to 2-1-0 on the season to put them into a tie with Boston and Toronto atop the Atlantic division.  That's something that hasn't happened in years, so enjoy it while you can Sabres fans and hope they continue to get the production.

Eichel scored on the power play in the first period, then early in the second period Connor Sheary and Sam Reinhart combined to find Eichel all alone in front of the Vegas net and Eichel buried it.  It was the first of three Buffalo goals on three shots in the period to build a 4-1 lead and the Sabres held off the Knights the rest of the way.

Jason Pominville and Marco Scandella had the other Buffalo goals while Carter Hutton had another great game in goal stopping 35 shots.

The Sabres close out their four-game home stand on Thursday against the Colorado Avalanche.