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VIDEO Unexpected tripping of the reigning champion: Tampa caught a debacle in the first match – Športky.sk


Oct 13, 2021
Pittsburgh players celebrate a goal Source: SITA / AP / Chris O’Meara

TAMPA BAY – Tampa Bay hockey players failed to open the opening game of the new year of the NHL. The two-time Stanley Cup defender entered the season with a home loss 2: 6 to Pittsburgh. Slovak defender Erik Černák played in a Lightning jersey 20:22 min., Sent four shots, handed out two points and scored two minus points.

The Tampa duo with Pittsburgh started the 105th year of the overseas profiligy on Wednesday night. The home club, even in the personal presence of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, solemnly hoisted the championship flag for the 2020/2021 triumph under the ceiling of the Amalie Arena under the pre-match ceremony, but in the match itself the Penguins completely ruined the championship party with “lightning”.

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After the first goal-free period, the guests developed a two-goal lead in the second part thanks to Danton Heien and Brian Boyle, who celebrated their debut in the “penguins” jersey. Boyle shot himself in the NHL after a long 14 months, the 36-year-old center missed last profiled season and played the only matches for the USA at the World Cup in Riga. Pittsburgh signed a one-year contract with him after a successful preparatory camp. In the third act, the Penguins guarded the lead, another hit was added by the returnee Dominik Simon, and in the end Teddy Blueger, Evan Rodrigues and Bryan Rust scored in the empty net. Tampa took over with a three-goal deficit, she was only able to reduce to 1: 3 and 2: 4, when Anthony Cirelli and Alex Killorn, respectively, prevailed.

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They won even without their stars

Pittsburgh also succeeded without its attacking stars Sidney Crosby (injured wrist), Yevgeny Malkin (knee problems) and Jake Guentzel (recovering from Covid-19). “It’s a process, but I think we’ve shown that we can play against a team like Tampa. We’ve confirmed that we can play good hockey and win.” Simon told TSN. The Czech striker returned to Pittburgh after an unsuccessful operation in Calgary and adorned the return with a winning goal.

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The loss of Tampa was started by the thickness of the goalkeeper Andrei Vasilevsky, who at the beginning of the second period made a mistake when passing behind his own goal. Puck caught Jeff Carter, passed to Heinen, who scored on the left goal. “We wanted to ruin the party,” said Heinen. Pittsburgh goalkeeper Tristan Jarry contributed to the victory with 26 successful interventions. His teammates blocked up to 15 shots of the opponent. “It made my job a lot easier for me. They played hard, blocked the shots, made a great robot,” Jarry remarked.

We would also lose with the farming team

Tampa did not manage the duel, she also lost to shots (28:35). According to Tampa coach Jon Cooper, the match would end the same way, even if Pittsburgh started with the farming team: “We lost every fight for the puck, the opponent worked harder than us, he was better in every game activity. If it weren’t for our goalkeeper, the match would turn out even worse.”

Seattle’s unfortunate debut

The league debut is made by Seattle Kraken, a new team that chose players in the expansion draft. On the ice, Vegas managed to erase the three-goal deficit, but in the end he lost 3: 4. The winning goal of the Golden Knights was scored in the third period by Chandler Stephenson.

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Source: SITA / AP / Chase Stevens

start of the basic part of NHL 2021/2022:
Tampa Bay – Pittsburgh 2: 6

Vegas – Seattle 4: 3

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