BUFFALO – Hockey players from Tampa Bay with Slovak defender Erik Cernan clearly won 6: 1 on the Buffalo NHL ice on Wednesday night. Nikita Kučerov took part in the triumph of the two-time Stanley Cup defender, he was the first three goals after returning after an injury.
The Russian striker achieved the fourth hat-trick in his profile career. “He’s a special player and he proves it in every match. He has an incredible overview, a sense of place and technique,” Tampy coach Jon Cooper told Kučerova at nhl.com. “Lightning” captain Steven Stamkos signed with a goal and two assists, Alex Killorn added three assists. The Lightning players have won their third of the last four matches. Cernak was 20:32 min. Tampa’s second busiest player, handed out two points and blocked two shots.
Andrei Vasilevsky caught 17 shots and recorded his 20th victory of the season. In addition to losing, Sabers had to deal with a goalkeeper’s injury, after the first period, Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen did not return to the goalpost and was replaced by Malcolm Subban. Lightning forward Ondřej Palát, who opened the duel score, did not complete the duel due to an unspecified injury. Buffalo’s eighth draft 2020, forward Jack Quinn, made his Buffalo jersey. Kučerov compared to Tyler Johnson in the number of hetricians in the Tampa Bay jersey, only Stamkos (9), Martin St. have more. Louis (8) and Vincent Lecavalier (6).
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Vancouver lost to Florida 2: 5 and suffered their first defeat in regular time since coach Bruce Boudreau took over. Slovak goalkeeper Jaroslav Halák was on the substitution, Thatcher Demko caught for Canucks, who collected five goals out of 26 shots. “There were a lot of things we did wrong. Nobody enjoys playing, but at least it brings us back to the ground.” said coach Canucks. Sam Reinhart scored two goals in the winner’s jersey, defender Aaron Ekblad scored three points for a goal and two assists.
“Panther” captain Alexander Barkov scored his third goal of weakening in the season and tenth in his career, thus surpassing Pavel Bure in club records. Only Radek Dvořák (16) and Tom Fitzgerald (12) scored more goals in the numerous disadvantages in the Florida jersey. Sergei Bobrovsky, who eliminated 42 Canucks missiles, gave a great performance in the Panthers goal.
Return as from a fairy tale
Pittsburgh striker Yevgeny Malkin experienced a fantastic return to the ice after June’s knee operation. The three-year-old Russian center scored two goals in its first match of the season, added assistance and played a significant role in the “penguins” victory in Anaheim 4: 1. Jeff Carter also won twice, and goalkeeper Tristan Jarry scored 25 goals.
Malkin recorded the 63rd match in the NHL with more than one goal, the first since March 10, 2020. Among the active players ahead of him are only Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals (154), his teammate Sidney Crosby (85), Steven Stamkos of Tampy Bay Lightning (80) and Carter (65). The Russian striker scored the 74th winning goal in his career, equaling Mario Lemieux’s record in the Penguins’ historical tables. He loses four winning hits to the leader Jaromír Jágr (78).
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In the end, Malkin was able to attack his 13th NHL career hatter in power play Ducks, but he passed a better-placed Carter and he sealed the Penguins’ victory. The three-time Stanley Cup winner entered the Pittsburgh jersey as the fourth player in history and joined the list of Mario Lemieux (17), Crosby (17) and defender Kris Letang (16).
Alex DeBrincat contributed two goals to Chicago’s victory on Columbus 4: 2. Defenders Calvin de Haan and Connor Murphy also scored, and triumph was caught by goalkeeper Marc-Andre Fleury, who eliminated 24 shots. De Haan was waiting for a goal in the NHL 71 games, I pushed through after almost a year. The Blue Jackets have lost four of their past five games, winning twice in a row at the end of November.
“We are in a difficult situation and we should have won this match. We are worried, we are still missing something. I am sorry for the third goal, my player missed, I should have prevented it.” said Columbus striker Gustav Nyquist, who scored a goal and added an assist. The Blackhawks have won their seventh consecutive match in Columbus.
Makar scored another beautiful goal
In a match between the top two teams in the Central Division, Nashville defeated Colorado 5: 4 after extra time. Matt Duchene decided the Predators’ victory with his second goal in the match. “We knew it would be a tough match, I’m glad we made it,” said the author of the winning goal. The Predators led 2-0 after the first period, but the guests equalized in the middle with two quick goals. Colorado had the home team’s answer for every other goal and scored at least one point. At 4: 4, the defender Cale Makar equalized with another beautiful goal.
“We wanted more than a point, but on the other hand we had to catch up again. We always lost in the previous seven games. It’s not an ideal scenario, but we always believe that we will turn the game around.” Makar said. The striker “avalanche” Nazem Kadri scored two assists and took the lead in NHL statistics with 35 goal passes. The duel score was opened by the home striker Tanner Jeannot, who scored his 12th goal and is the best newcomer among the newcomers in the entire league.
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Toronto lost the lead in Vegas 3: 1, but in the end the Maple Leafs players took a 4: 3 victory from the “city of sin” after the raids. They were decided by William Nylander, who had previously scored in the first period. Jack Campbell recorded 31 successful interventions and achieved the 18th victory of the season, thus creating a career maximum. The “Maple Leaves” scored in the sixth game in a row. Toronto striker Auston Matthews scored in the eighth game away in the series, equaling the club records of Daniel Marois (1989-90), Frank Mahovlich (1960-61) and Babe Dye (1920-21).
Captain Logan Couture decided the victory over San Jose over Detroit 3: 2. The Sharks have a 6-0 extra time this season. With all the sharks, the defender was Brent Burns, who scored three assists in the second game in a row. At the age of 36 and over, only former Red Wings defender Nicklas Lidström did it in 2007 in the NHL.
Buffalo Sabers – Tampa Bay Lightning 1: 6 (0: 2, 0: 3, 1: 1)
Goals: 46. Hinostroza (Miller, Butcher) – 3. Palát (Hedman, Rutta), 11. Cirelli (Sergačov, Killorn), 21. Kučerov (Stamkos, Point), 31. Kučerov (Perry, Stamkos), 35. Stamkos (Killorn, Cirelli), 54. Kucherov (Hedman, Killorn). Goalkeepers: Luukkonen (21st Subban) – Vasilevsky, shots on goal: 18:36, 8368 spectators.
Columbus Blue Jackets – Chicago Blackhawks 2: 4 (1: 1, 0: 1, 1: 2)
Goals: 13. Jenner (Nyquist, Werenski), 59. Nyquist – 14. DeBrincat (Stillman), 36. de Haan (Kurashev, Entwistle), 47. Murphy (Toews, Kane), 60. DeBrincat (Stillman). Goalkeepers: Korpisalo – Fleury, shots on goal: 26:20, 15,444 spectators.
Florida Panthers – Vancouver Canucks 5: 2 (2: 1, 3: 0, 0: 1)
Goals: 6. Ekblad (Vatrano, Lundell), 7. Reinhart (Gudas, Barkov), 29. Reinhart (Huberdeau, Ekblad), 30. Mamin (Lundell, Vatrano), 40. Barkov (Ekblad, Reinhart) – 12. Dickinson (Garland, Hunt), 45. Lammikko (Hunt, Highmore). Goalkeepers: Bobrovskij – Demko, shots on goal: 26:44, 15.041 spectators.
Nashville Predators – Colorado Avalanche 5: 4 pp (2: 0, 1: 2, 1: 2 – 1: 0)
Goals: 3. Jeannot (Luff, Sissons), 20. Kunin (Josi), 38. Kunin (Cousins), 50. Duchene (Carrier, Josi), 64. Duchene (Josi, Granlund) – 29. Aube-Kubel (Kadri) , Makar), 32. Burakovsky (Aube-Kubel, Girard), 46. MacKinnon (Makar, Kadri), 54. Makar (Nichushkin, Girard). Goalkeepers: Saros – Kuemper, shots on goal: 32:44, 17,159 spectators.
Anaheim Ducks – Pittsburgh Penguins 1: 4 (0: 1, 1: 2, 0: 1)
Goals: 29. Silfverberg (Milano) – 2. Carter (Pettersson), 24. Malkin (Letang, Guentzel), 35. Malkin (Marino, Kapanen), 58. Carter (Malkin, Kapanen). Goalkeepers: Stolarz – Jarry, shots on goal: 26:34, 11,431 spectators.
Vegas Golden Knights – Toronto Maple Leafs 3: 4 pp a sn (1: 1, 0: 2, 2: 0 – 0: 0, 0: 1)
Goals: 13. Kolesar (Dadonov, Stephenson), 42. Karlsson (Smith, Janmark), 52. Pietrangelo (Marchessault, Stone) – 2. Nylander (Rielly, Kerfoot), 32. Matthews (Bunting, Kaše), 37. Michejev (Simmonds, Holl), ref. Nylander raid. Goalkeepers: Lehner – Campbell, shots on goal: 34:18, 17,911 spectators.
San Jose Sharks – Detroit Red Wings 3: 2 pp (1: 0, 0: 1, 1: 1 – 1: 0)
Goals: 15. Meier (Dahlén, Burns), 44. Truchon-Viel (Burns), 61. Couture (Burns, Dahlén) – 40. Bertuzzi (Hronek, Seider), 42. Leddy (Hronek, Bertuzzi). Goalkeepers: Hill – Nedeljkovic, shots on goal: 40:19, 10.489 spectators.
Philadelphia Flyers – Carolina Hurricanes (Postponed)
Calgary Flames – New York Islanders (Deferred)
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