Tampa defender Erik Černák Source: SITA / AP / John Locher TAMPA – Colorado hockey players share a single triumph from winning the Stanley Cup. On Thursday night, they defeated two-time Tampa Bay defender 3: 2 after extra time and are already 3: 1 in the NHL playoff final. Slovak defender of “lightning” Erik Černák recorded assistance in the opening goal of the match, but played only seven minutes and 37 seconds, because after blocking the shot in the second period, he headed to the locker room and never returned. Until then, he managed to score a plus point, three shots, two points and two blocks. In the 26th minute, the Košice native blocked the shot by Nathan MacKinnon with his left foot and had to leave the ice. Immediately after this moment, he could not load his leg, so according to ESPN reporter Emily Kaplan, two assistant coaches had to help him into the cabin through the tunnel. Although he had already appeared on the substitute in the third period, he did not return to the game. In one of the advertising breaks, he tried to load his leg on the ice, but he was not 100% ready and in the extension he did not even sit on the substitute. Černák is one of Tampa’s busiest defenders. Before the injury, already in the 36th second of the match, he credited my account with his first assistance and the second point in the ongoing elimination team during the intervention of Anthony Cirelli.
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