Vegas hockey players succumbed on Monday night in the overseas NHL home Pittsburgh 0:3. The Stanley Cup champion has already lost five of the past seven games, but despite the drop in form, he remains at the top of the Western Conference.
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Philadelphia beat Columbus 5:2 to extend their winning streak to five games. Toronto also succeeded in its second meeting of the NHL Global Series when it beat Minnesota 4:3 in overtime in Stockholm.
NHL – results:
Minnesota Wild – Toronto Maple Leafs 3:4 pp (1:2, 0:0, 2:1 – 0:1)Goals: 3. Merrill (Rossi, Zuccarello), 47. Middleton (M. Foligno, Eriksson Ek), 49. Zuccarello (Faber, Brodin) – 13. Matthews (Nylander, Rielly), 19. Knies (Marner, Giordano), 45. Rielly (Matthews, Marner), 64. Nylander (Rielly).
Goalkeepers: Fleury – Woll
Strely on goal: 36:25
Philadelphia Flyers – Columbus Blue Jackets 5:2 (1:1, 2:1, 2:0)Goal: 6. Farabee (Poehling, York), 22. Brink (Walker, Farabee), 27. Poehling (Hathaway, Walker), 53. Konecny (Belpedio), 58. York (Poehling) – 16. Texier (Kuraly, Olivier ), 38. Jenner (Provorov).
Goalkeepers: Ersson – Martin
Strely on goal: 26:22
Pittsburgh Penguins – Vegas Golden Knights 3:0 (1:0, 1:0, 1:0)Goal: 3. Graves (Zohorna, O’Connor), 32. Acciari (Nieto), 59. Malkin (Guentzel, Letang).
Goalkeepers: Nedeljkovic – Hill
Strely on goal: 33:37
Chicago Blackhawks – Buffalo Sabers 2:3 (0:1, 2:1, 0:1)Goal: 24. Raddysh (Kurashev, N. Foligno), 38. Kurashev (Bedard, Reichel) – 5. Dahlin (Benson, Peterka), 31. Skinner (Dahlin, Peterka), 51. E. Johnson (Mittelstadt, Dahlin) .
Goalkeepers: Mrázek – Luukkonen
Strely on goal: 26:20
Anaheim Ducks – St. Louis Blues 1:3 (0:2, 1:1, 0:0)Goal: 29. McTavish (Killorn, Jones) – 10. Neighbors (Sundqvist), 17. Bučnevich (Kyrou, Perunovich), 26. Toropchenko (Faulk, Hayes).
Goalkeepers: Gibson – Hofer
Strely on goal: 31:31
The Penguins were supported by goalkeeper Alex Nedeljkovic, who returned to the lineup after a lower body injury and blocked all 38 opponent shots against Vegas. He achieved his first clean sheet since April 2022. Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby went clean for only the second time in a season, ending his 11-game point streak. The first accurate hit on the “Pučniak” jerseys was scored by defender Ryan Graves, who opened the scoring in the 3rd minute. “My main goal is not to score goals, but it’s certainly nice when I can make myself successful,” the 28-year-old running back introduced before the official web page of the competition. It was the second loss in a row for the leader of the Western Conference.
After three breaks, Buffalo achieved a full point gain when they won in Chicago 3:2. Rasmus Dahlin contributed to the triumphs with a goal and two assists. Despite this, the Sabers managed to send only 20 shots at the opponent’s goal. “We showed determination to reach the winning end. I felt that a lot of boys had a little heavy feet, they didn’t skate as well as they did when they were little. We made it difficult for some of them, but we fought hard until the end. I felt that Dahlin was the main article to the team, both in defense and in attack with a goal and two assists. Played an excellent match.” said Buffalo coach Don Granato, whose team prepared the Blackhawks for the fourth break in the series.
Toronto triumphed in its second appearance in the NHL Global Series in Stockholm, defeating Minnesota 4:3 in overtime. The Wild players took the lead in the 3rd minute thanks to Jon Merrill, but ten minutes later, Toronto took advantage of the penalty. By the end of the first period, Misky vách switched to the “maple leaves” when Matthew Knies was substituted. In the final third, the Maple Leafs took a two-goal lead after a shot by Morgan Rielly, but Minnesota was able to pull it back within three minutes and send the match to overtime. Toronto’s triumphs were finally decided by William Nylander. “I think it’s already a great finish to the event in Sweden. It’s amazing to see how it works. It was a great experience for the whole team, for William, for the fans. Of course, I would have preferred if we could have gone to extra time, if however, it is necessary to undergo it, so with such a successful end we read it,” said Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe. Minnesota lost both games on the Stockholm ice, but according to striker Marcus Foligno, they took away from the prestigious event mainly positives: “We played really well in the last 40 minutes. We can take away a lot of good things from this trip. We had fun off the ice and improved our game, that’s what we came here for. We could have four points.”
Philadelphia confirmed their good form with their fifth victory in a row, defeating Columbus 5:2 on home ice. The hosts have already recorded their ninth break in the series, but they managed to score in only one of the past 14 duels. The Blue Jackets were unable to use even one of the five turnovers in the matches, and they also cashed in once in their starting advantage. “Presilovky nás trápia. It’s just lazy na nás, we have chances, but we have to find a way, ako sa rozbehnr. It’s seeing our trouble but it hurts us,” noted host captain Boone Jenner.
Players of St. Louis won the eighth consecutive match, in which the strikers took the first place. At Ice Anaheim, goaltender Joel Hofer played a major role in the 3:1 victory, leaving only a puck behind Mason McTavish’s shots but neutralizing 30 Ducks attempts.