After eighteen (!) Defeats, Buffalo finally managed to take over and declassify Philadelphia in the last round. In the match with the NY Rangers, the home team failed to add the second win in a row. The Czech Riders Forward Filip Chytil also played a large part in this.
The 21-year-old native from Kroměříž made his mark in the seventh minute of the third period from the pre-goal area, when he found a disc after a huge gap in front of the goalkeeper Tokarski and overcame the lying Canadian playfully. At that moment, the center shot of the third formation of the away team meant a 2: 1 lead. But the Sabers showed character when they managed to equalize four seconds before the end of the basic playing time. A shot came in from the right hand side but Tage Thompson managed to save it with an unbelievable reaction stop.
But the last word belonged to the much more active Rangers in the match. One of the biggest stars of the famous team – the Swede Mika Zibanejad – took advantage of the ideal pass of the Russian Panarin in overtime and in the time of 64:32 decided the duel of the Eastern Division.
Dominik Kubalík is fighting from Chicago on the edge of advancing to the playoffs, and a possible win in a duel with the Hurricanes could send the team from the third most populous city in the USA, at least for now, to the promotion points. The Czech shooter scored a goal, but it was not enough for the Blackhawks to gain points. Twenty-five-year-old Czech was ideally encouraged to score by Wyatt Kalynuk, and last year’s comet took advantage of his passport and in the 36th minute netted the first goal of the home team.
Chicago only made a loss throughout the match, and even though they managed to call the match twice, in the end it also pulled for a shorter end in the final count. The winning goal of Carolina was scored half a minute before the end by the Swede Jesper Fast.
Boston failed on the home ice with Pittsburgh. From the numerous Czech team in the Bear jersey, this time only Jakub Zbořil, who scored the only Bruins goal, scored by Brad Marchand, scored points. The opportunity between the three poles was given to Daniel Vladař, who collected three times, caught 19 shots and had a success rate of 86.4% in a 1: 4 loss. The Penguins’ last goal has already fallen into an empty goal.
Less than 1,500 spectators saw the crazy match at the Nassau Colliseum. Matthew Barzal was clearly the man of the match in the shootout between the home team of Ostrovany and Capitals. The team from the capital suffered a 4: 8 debacle, and the Canadian young Barzal, who won the Calder Trophy in 2018, scored five times.
Two Czech Washington hockey players also expanded their personal statistics. Jakub Vrána once assisted and Vítek Vaněček caught 7 of 9 shots. However, he should not have scored at all in a duel with the Islanders. However, Caps number one Ilya Samsonov already collided with his teammate Oshi at 30 seconds and went to rest and check if his head was injured.
Coach Laviolette, after finding out that the Russian goalkeeper was OK, withdrew Vaneček from the goal before the end of the third period and put back the 24-year-old native from Magnitogorsk.
Ondřej Palát from Tampa, who assisted in the decisive shot of Braydon Point in the match against Columbus, also helped himself again, thus helping the defending champions to take first place again in the Central Division. The Blue Jackets, on the other hand, lose three points on the playoffs after the night.
|Boston – Pittsburgh 1:4 (0:0, 0:2, 1:2)|
|Goals: 52. Marchand (He broke down) – 23. Aston-Reese, 34. Matheson, 54. Zucker, 58. Guentzel. Shots on goal: 31:23. Daniel Vladař caught in Boston for 57:44 minutes, collected three goals from 22 shots and had a success rate of 86.36 percent. Attendance: 2191 (limited number). Match stars: 1. Matheson, 2. DeSmith, 3. Aston-Reese (all Pittsburgh).|
|Buffalo – NY Rangers 2: 3 in overtime (1: 0, 0: 1, 1: 1 – 0: 1)|
|Branky: 3. Asplund, 60. Thompson – 27. Blackwell, 47. He caught, 65. Zibanejad. Shots on goal: 23:47. No spectators. Match stars: 1. Tokarski (Buffalo), 2. Blackwell, 3. Panarin (both NY Rangers).|
|NY Islanders – Washington 8:4 (4:2, 2:2, 2:0)|
|Goals: 17th, 19th and 59th Barzal, 6th and 29th Eberle, 18th B. Nelson, 24th Cizikas, 44th Josh Bailey – 2nd and 40th Carlson (second) Crow), 18. Sprong, 27. Oshie. Shots on goal: 33:22. Vítek Vaněček caught in Washington for 16:26 minutes, collected two goals from nine shots and had a success rate of 77.78 percent. Attendance: 1400 (limited number). Match stars: 1. Barzal, 2. Eberle, 3. Komarov (all NY Islanders).|
|Tampa Bay – Columbus 3:2 (1:0, 0:1, 2:1)|
|Goals: 16th and 56th B. Point (on the second Palát), 55. Colton – 30. Werenski, 51. Robinson. Shots on goal: 34:38. Attendance: 3800 (limited number). Match stars: 1. B. Point, 2. Vasilevskij, 3. Colton (all Tampa Bay).|
|Florida – Detroit 3: 2 in overtime (1: 1, 0: 0, 1: 1 – 1: 0)|
|Goals: 12. Acciari, 51. Vatrano, 62. Wennberg – 5. Erne, 47. Mantha. Shots on goal: 36:27. Attendance: 4359 (limited number). Match stars: 1. Wennberg, 2. Driedger (both Florida), 3. Greiss (Detroit).|
|Ottawa – Montreal 1:4 (0:1, 0:1, 1:2)|
|Goals: 59. C. Brown – 11. Danault, 21. Byron, 45. Perry, 51. Gallagher. Shots on goal: 23:38. No spectators. Match stars: 1. Danault, 2. Gallagher, 3. Tatar (all Montreal).|
|Chicago – Carolina 3:4 (0:1, 1:1, 2:2)|
|Goals: 36. Kubalík, 46. Hagel, 51. D. Strome – 23. and 47. Foegele, 10. Trocheck, 60. Fast. Shots on goal: 25:31. No spectators. Match stars: 1. Fast, 2. Foegele (both Carolina), 3. Kubalík (Chicago).|
|Nashville – Dallas 1:4 (1:1, 0:1, 0:2)|
|Goals: 17. Sissons – 3. Lindell, 29. Robertson, 42. Jamie Benn, 58. Heiskanen. Shots on goal: 22:31. No spectators. Match stars: 1. Chudobin, 2. Hintz, 3. Lindell (all Dallas).|
|Vegas – Minnesota 2: 3 after sam. raids (1: 1, 0: 0, 1: 1 – 0: 0)|
|Goals: 4. W. Karlsson, 42. McNabb – 8. Kaprizov, 46. Spurgeon, decisive sam. raid Fiala. Shots on goal: 37:37. Attendance: 3950 (limited number). Match stars: 1. Talbot, 2. Fiala (both Minnesota), 3. McNabb (Vegas).|