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New Jersey Devils hockey players advanced to the playoffs of the overseas NHL. It was decided by the victory of the New York Rangers on the ice of Florida, and then the Devils beat Ottawa 5:3 at home. The “Devils” advanced to the Stanley Cup for the first time since 2018.
He also contributed one goal Tomas Tatar, who closed the score in the last minute into an empty net. The Slovakian striker won after four duels, scoring the 17th accurate hit of the season.
The New York Rangers won on the ice of Florida 4:3. He got a chance in the visitors’ goal Jaroslav Halákwho made 31 of 34 shots and earned his 295th career win.
NHL – results:
New Jersey Devils – Ottawa Senators 5:3 (1:1, 2:2, 2:0)
Goals: 11. Hughes, 23. Bratt, 24. Mercer (Hischier), 44. Hamilton (Hughes, Palat), 60. TATAR (Hischier, Marino) – 4. Tkachuk (Stützle), 30. Chabot (Batherson, Stützle), 37. Kastelic (Hamonic).
Goalkeepers: Blackwood – Ferguson, shots on goal: 35:28.
Florida Panthers – New York Rangers 3:4 (2:0, 0:2, 1:2)
Goals: 10. Barkov (Duclair, Forsling), 15. Lomberg (M. Staal), 48. Barkov (Verhaeghe) – 29. Kakko (Chytil, Lafreniere), 39. Lafreniere (Trouba, Motte), 42. Kane, 47. Chytil (Kakko).
Goalkeepers: Bobrovskij – HALÁK, shots on goal: 34:42.
Boston Bruins – Tampa Bay Lightning 2:1 (1:1, 1:0, 0:0)
Goals: 7. Bergeron (Marchand, Lindholm), 38. Hathaway (Grzelcyk, Nosek) – 10. Hedman (Bellemare, Killorn).
Goalkeepers: Ullmark – Vasilevsky, shots on goal: 34:27.
Philadelphia Flyers – Detroit Red Wings 3:0 (0:0, 2:0, 1:0)
Goals: 31. Bellows (Tippett, Laughton), 40. Laughton (Ristolainen), 59. Foerster (Farabee, Cates).
Goalkeepers: Hart – Nedeljkovic, shots on goal: 22:29.
Nashville Predators – Seattle Kraken 2:7 (0:2, 1:1, 1:4)
Goals: 22. Barrie (Tomasino, Duchene), 41. Duchene (Barrie, Tomasino) – 4. Sprong (Donato, Tanev), 18. Tolvanen (McCann, Bjorkstrand), 38. Tolvanen, 44. Larsson (McCann, Dunn), 49 Beniers (Dunn, Eberle), 51. McCann, 53. Bjorkstrand (Gourde).
Goalkeepers: Saros – Grubauer, shots on goal: 16:39.
Calgary Flames – San Jose Sharks 5:3 (2:1, 1:2, 2:0)
Goals: 5. Weegar, 8. Toffoli (Lindholm, Huberdeau), 26. Duehr (Lewis), 46. Kadri (Duehr, Lucic), 59. Toffoli – 15. Couture (Karlsson, Agozzino), 25. Sturm (Gregor, Karlsson), 26. Kaut (Lorentz, Lindblom).
Goalkeepers: Markström – Kahkonen, shots on goal: 30:31.
Los Angeles Kings – Winnipeg Jets 4:1 (1:0, 1:1, 2:0)
Goals: 2. Arvidsson (Moore), 26. Iafallo (Danault, Walker), 41. Doughty (Kempe, Kopitar), 59. Arvidsson (Anderson, Doughty) – 39. Dubois (Connor, Pionk).
Goalkeepers: Korpisalo – Hellebuyck, shots on goal: 29:26.
Minnesota Wild – Chicago Blackhawks 3:1 (0:0, 1:0, 2:1)
Goals: 28. Reaves, 59. Hartman, 60. Gaudreau (Spurgeon) – 42. Reichel.
Goalkeepers: Gustavsson – Stalock, shots on goal: 25:23.
New York Islanders – Buffalo Sabres 0:2 (0:0, 0:0, 0:2)
Goals: 54. Okposo (Ljubuškin), 60. Skinner (Cozens, Mittelstadt). Goalkeepers: Varlamov – Comrie, shots on goal: 26:35.
Carolina Hurricanes – Toronto Maple Leafs 5:3 (2:0, 0:2, 3:1)
Goals: 2. Burns (Nečas, Gostisbehere), 11. Staal (Martinook, Fast), 49. Noesen (Kotkaniemi), 58. Aho (Slavin, Nečas), 59. Teräväinen (Aho, Fast) – 25. Järnkrok (Rielly, Marner ), 33. Matthews, 58. Matthews (Bunting, Rielly).
Goalkeepers: Kočetkov – Murray, shots on goal: 28:44.
Montreal Canadiens – Columbus Blue Jackets 8:2 (2:2, 4:0, 2:0)
Goals: 4. Hoffman (Matheson, Suzuki), 10. Ylönen (Gallagher, Edmundson), 21. Harvey-Pinard (Matheson, Suzuki), 28. Harvey-Pinard (Hoffman, Suzuki), 34. Gallagher (Evans, Ylönen), 37. Harvey-Pinard (Hoffman, Matheson), 52. Belzile (Tierney, Kovacevic), 54. Suzuki (Kovacevic, Harris) – 2. Pederson (Johnson, Roslovic), 18. Marčenko (Peeke, Bayreuther).
Goalkeepers: Montembeault – Merzlikins (38. Hutchinson), shots on goal: 32:23.
Dallas Stars – Vancouver Canucks 1:3 (1:1, 0:2, 0:0)
Goals: 12. Suter (Seguin, Dellandrea) – 19. Joshua (Aman), 24. Boeser (Miller, Hronek), 26. Rathbone (Kuzmenko, Pettersson).
Goalkeepers: Murray – Demko, shots on goal: 26:24.
Pittsburgh Penguins – Washington Capitals 4:3 (0:0, 2:0, 2:3)
Goals: 31. Poehling (Heinen), 33. Ruhwedel (Zucker, Granlund), 41. Guentzel (Rakell), 59. Malkin – 46. Wilson (Kuznecov), 54. Ovečkin (Carlson, Strome), 58. Strome (Sheary, Aube – bucket).
Goalkeepers: DeSmith – Kuemper, shots on goal: 40:34.
Edmonton Oilers – Vegas Golden Knights 3:4 pp (1:2, 1:0, 1:1 – 0:1)
Goals: 4. Hyman (Draisaitl, Nugent-Hopkins), 31. Draisaitl (McDavid, Bouchard), 52. Foegele (Nurse, Yamamoto) – 2. Eichel (Barbašov, Marchessault), 17. Dorofejev (Karlsson, Kessel), 47. Marchessault (Eichel, Theodore), 63. Roy (Eichel, Theodore).
Goalkeepers: Skinner – Brossoit, shots on goal: 30:34.
Anaheim Ducks – St. Louis Blues 3:6 (2:3, 0:2, 1:1)
Goals: 2. Terry (Shattenkirk, Silfverberg), 5. Nesterenko (McTavish, Terry), 47. Strome (Zegras, Jones) – 3. Vrána (Faulk, Schenn), 16. Blais (Kapanen, Parayko), 16. Schenn (Faulk ), 22. Schenn (Vrána, Parayko), 22. Kapanen (Krug, Blais), 41. Kapanen (Leddy, Parayko).
Goalkeepers: Gibson – Binnington, shots on goal: 25:36.
The Devils turned from 0:1 to 3:1, but the guests were able to equalize. However, defender Dougie Hamilton changed the tie in the third period and sealed the victory Tomas Tatarwho was on the ice for 14:33 minutes and, in addition to a goal, also recorded a plus and two shots.
Jack Hughes scored the fortieth goal of the season after a wonderful solo action and added an assist. The 21-year-old American forward became the Devils’ first 40-goal scorer since the 2008-09 season, when Zach Parise scored 45 goals. The club record (48 goals) is held by Brian Gionta from the year 2005-06.
“We achieved the first goal with which we entered the season. In the last nine games, we want to get in the best possible shape for the playoffs,” “Devils” captain Nico Hischier told nhl.com. The Devils reached the 100-point mark for the fourteenth time in history.
The Slovakian goalkeeper was also happy with the victory Jaroslav Halák, who helped the New York Rangers to a 4-3 victory on Florida ice, making 31 saves. The Slovakian goalkeeper needs one more victory to equal Ron Hextall’s record (42nd place in history).
Florida led 2:0, but the “riders” turned around with four goals in a row. Halák blocked 31 shots and the Rangers won the eighth of the last ten duels. They are four points behind the leader of the New Jersey Metropolitan Division.
The goals for the Rangers were scored by Alexis Lafreniere, Kaapo Kakko, Filip Chytil and Patrick Kane, who recorded his 450th career hit. Kane looked for a pass from the bar of Artemi Panarin, but he unfortunately knocked the puck behind the back of his own goalkeeper Carter Verhaeghe.
“It wasn’t the prettiest goal, but I’ll take it. I’ve been playing for a long time, so every now and then I hit a milestone.” Kane said. Halák, who recorded his second victory in a row and the tenth of the season, was beaten twice by the captain of the “Panthers” Aleksander Barkov and once by defender Ryan Lomberg.
Florida loses three points in the playoff battle to Pittsburgh. “We don’t hang our heads, we know what we can do. We have to swallow a bitter pill today, but we’re moving on,” Lomberg said.
Jaroslav Halák in the match against Florida
The Tampa Bay players, even with Erik Černák, were not enough for the best team in the Boston league and lost to it 1:2, the Bruins succeeded in the sixth meeting in a row and secured first place in the Atlantic Division. The goals for the “bears” were scored by Patrice Bergeron and Garnet Hathaway, goalkeeper Linus Ullmark caught 26 shots.
The Lightning lost their fourth straight, their only goal coming from defenseman Victor Hedman, who scored on a layup for the first time in his career. Erik Černák he was on the ice for 17 minutes and 46 seconds, recorded a negative point, one shot and two hits.
“It was a good, fighting match. At times it was reminiscent of hockey from the late 80s and early 90s, but that’s good because we’re going to have something similar in the playoffs.” Bruins coach Jim Montgomery said.
Boston recorded its 56th victory and is one victory away from tying the club record set in 1970-71. The Bruins are also attacking the record of Detroit (1995-96) and Tampa Bay (2018-19) hockey players, who won 62 duels. The Bruins will play 10 more games before the end of the regular season.
Martin Fehérváry had to suffer Washington’s 3-4 loss on the ice of Pittsburg, the Capitals equalized in the third period from 0-3 to 3-3, but eighty seconds before the end, Yevgeny Malkin decided when he punished a big mistake by Anthony Mantha. The Washington forward lost the puck in the mid-range as his teammates went to change. Fehérváry was also aiming for the bench, trying in vain to catch up with Malkin after the thickness of his teammate.
The Capitals have lost their fourth of their last five games and are currently six points short of the playoffs. Pittsburgh overtook Florida and currently holds the second wild card in the Eastern Conference. “We have to play better, there’s no doubt about that. We led by three goals, but in the end it was drama. The goal gives me confidence and I’m happy to have helped the team,” said Malkin, who scored his 25th goal of the season. It was his 81st career game-winning hit, tying Boston’s Patrice Bergeron for fifth among active players.
Washington captain Alex Ovechkin made it 2-3 with his 42nd goal of the season and 822nd of his career and is just one power-play goal away from becoming the first player in history with 300 hits in the power play.
Viktor Arvidsson scored two goals to help Los Angeles to a 4-1 win over Winnipeg. The Kings have scored in eleven straight games, tying a club record. The last time they did it was in the 2013-14 season, in which they won the Stanley Cup. Joonas Korpisalo recorded 25 successful saves.
Philadelphia won its third game in a row, defeating Detroit 3-0. The hero of the duel was goalkeeper Carter Hart, who blocked 29 shots and recorded his second shutout of the season. Eric Comrie also scored a clean sheet and Buffalo defeated the NY Islanders 2:0. Comrie caught 26 shots for his second career shutout. Kyle Okposo scored the difference in the 54th minute, and Jeff Skinner confirmed the victory with an empty net.
Eeli Tolvanen scored two goals, Philipp Grubauer caught 14 shots and Seattle won on the ice of Nashville 7-2. Jared McCann added an assist to the goal, the Kraken hold the position of the first wildcard to advance to the playoffs. Nashville loses five points to progress.
Calgary hockey players defeated San Jose 5:3 in an important playoff match. Adam Ružička did not get into the Flames lineup again. Tyler Toffoli scored twice in the win, tying his career high of 31 goals from 2015-16 with Los Angeles. “Flames” won only the second of the last nine duels, they lose four points in the playoffs.
The Sharks extended their losing streak to nine games. Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson recorded two assists, making him 68 on the season and surpassing Brent Burns’ 2018-19 club record. The Swedish hockey player also improved his career high from the 2015-16 season (66 assists).
Ryan Hartman scored a minute and 11 seconds before the end of Minnesota’s winning goal, which finally defeated Chicago 3:1. Hartman robbed defenseman Connor Murphy of the puck and beat former Wildcats player Alex Stalock in a solo drive. Ryan Reaves scored the Wild’s first goal, Frederick Gaudreau sealed the victory into an empty net.
Montreal beat Columbus 8:2 when Rafael Harvey-Pinard scored the first hat trick of his career. “It’s hard to describe in words. I had chills,” said the 24-year-old striker, who scored all three goals in the second period. Among rookies, the last time Minnesota striker Kiriil Kaprizov scored a hat trick in one third was March 12, 2021.
Harvey-Pinard played 33 games in the pro league with a record of 13+5. The entire first formation of the Canadiens did well, Nick Suziku scored four points (1+3) and Mike Hoffman three (1+2). Defenseman Mike Matheson had three assists.
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