We present a summary of the main news from the world of hockey for June 9, 2023.
Florida Panthers get first win over Las Vegas in Stanley Cup Finals, Series 2-1 to Knights
The Florida Panthers hosted the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at Sunrise at FLA Live Arena. The game ended with the victory of the hosts with a score of 3:2.
In the fifth minute, the scoring was opened by the hosts’ Canadian defender Brandon Montour with help from Matthew Tkachuk and Eric Staal. Four minutes from the end of the first half, Vegas restored equality in the match. Forward Mark Stone flicked the puck into the net of Sergei Bobrovsky’s goal, Jonathan Marchessault and Shea Theodore were involved in attacking the goal.
The second goal for the guests was scored by Las Vegas forward Jonathan Marchesseau with passes from Jack Eichel and Mark Stone. Florida managed to level the score two minutes before the final siren thanks to the efforts of Matthew Tkachuk and moved the game into overtime. The final score was set by Florida forward Carter Verage, scoring the hosts’ third goal of the game.
After today’s game, Vegas leads the series with a score of 2-1. Let’s remember that the team won the previous match with a score of 7:2.
Salavat Yulaev announced the transfer of striker Matvey Guskov from CSKA
The hockey club “Salavat Yulaev” and CSKA made an exchange. Striker Matvey Guskov replenished the composition of the Ufa team, the Salavat press service reports. It is reported that the Moscow team will receive monetary compensation.
Last season, the 22-year-old forward played 46 games in the KHL, in which he scored nine points, scored three goals and provided six assists.
Photo: Yuri Kuzmin, photo.khl.ru
Avtomobilist signed a contract with the former Lokomotiv defender
Avtomobilist signed a contract with 29-year-old Russian defender Maxim Osipov, the press service of the Yekaterinburg club reports. The hockey player moved to the Ural club as an unrestricted free agent. The unilateral agreement with the player is computed until April 30, 2025.
Osipov spent the previous KHL season as part of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, where in 63 regular season games he scored three goals and four assists with a utility indicator of +8. In the playoffs, the defender has gone five games without scoring.
Lokomotiv extended the contract of goalkeeper Isaev
Lokomotiv on the official telegram channel announced the extension of the contract with the 23-year-old goalkeeper Daniil Isaev. It should be noted that the new agreement is designed for two years, until the end of the 2024/2025 season.
Recall that in the season that ended, Isaev participated in 38 regular season matches of the Continental Hockey League, in which he won 21 victories with 93.4% reflected shots and a reliability coefficient of 1.60. In the playoffs, the goalkeeper played 12 games, managing to help the team win seven of them. The goalkeeper saved 93.3% of the shots with a safety factor of 1.64. According to the results of the championship, Isaev was nominated for the “Best Goalkeeper” award for the 2022/2023 season.
Photo: Yaroslav Neyelov, photo.khl.ru
In America, they doubted Nichushkin’s return to the NHL
The North American outlet 9News commented on the situation of the Russian forward of the Colorado Avalanche Valery Nichushkin.
“Colorado Avalanche forward Valery Nichushkin is free to return to the NHL next season. During Colorado’s first-round playoff series with Kraken, an unidentified female was found in Nichushkin’s Seattle hotel room. According to the Seattle Police Department report, she was so drunk that the team doctor had to call an ambulance to take her to the hospital.
Recent body camera footage has shed more light on the situation, and authorities are believed to have taken care of the welfare of the woman involved by choosing not to bring cases against Nichushkin. However, Nichushkin did not play until late in the playoffs due to what the Avalanche called “personal reasons” and she has not commented publicly since.
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly was recently asked about the Nichushkin situation, and he responded: “There is no investigation into the Nichushkin incident. We know exactly what happened. It has been adequately addressed both at club level and I think at league level. He is eligible to play in the league.”
So in the NHL, Nichushkin is beyond suspicion. But will he really come back? Journalists discuss the vagueness of the information about the incident, and we may never know all the details. But he did not face criminal charges and the NHL allowed him to play. He now depends on the player and the team if he returns.
It seems that Colorado really wanted to bring Val back, despite his absence at the crucial moment.
Nichushkin has seven years remaining on an eight-year contract with a salary cap of $6.125 million. He scored 17 goals and 47 points in 53 games last season, missing part of the season with an ankle injury.
Nichushkin was first seen in a photo of the Seattle hotel incident. The player is in Russia.
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And they talked about the future of Kuznetsov in Washington
Athletic journalist Tariq El-Bashir shared his thoughts on the situation with Washington Capitals Russian forward Evgeny Kuznetsov.
“I know the Caps would like to improve their top 6. But it sounds to me like general manager Brian McLellan isn’t going to trade Kuznetsov just to shake up the team. It should be a deal that gets the team a top-level center, and from what I’ve ascertained, McLellan’s phone hasn’t gone off the rails due to calls from competing GMs.
Also, Kuznetsov has a list of 10 teams in which he cannot be traded, so he has some control over the situation.
We’ll see how things play out as the market heats up, but the Caps could be stuck on this one. I’m interested in this: Will new head coach Spencer Carbury be able to light a fire on Kuznetsov? There was a feeling that Peter Laviolette got Kuznetsov,” The Athletic quotes El-Bashir.
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