Every day, our boys are heroes. Although there were only 26 of them in this Stanley Cup: 4 goalies, 5 defenders, 17 forwards. But today we play four games, and wherever our guys were on the ice, there is at least one Russian star in the trio of the night’s best.
Of course, the author of the first cup hat-trick in Minnesota history took home the first star. Three Kaprizov goals gave Wild a powerful retaliatory blow against St. Louis – 6:2 and 1-1 in the series. Both goals from the guests were organized by Tarasenko.
Kucherov won the second star in Toronto. The reigning champions still woke up and smashed the maple leaves to pieces – 5:3. Balance is restored in the series – 1-1. Don’t be fooled by the difference between two goals: After moving 5:1, the Lightning essentially stopped playing.
Our Nikita first scored himself and then helped Hagel and Hedman score. The Swedish defender scored 4 (1+3) points and deservedly received the first star.
In Raleigh, the 22-year-old rookie from Carolina was making history. In January, Kochetkov defended the gates of the Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo. But then omicron came to Russia. The KHL is on hiatus. Which turned out to be the end of the season for the Volga. Avtozavodtsy did not qualify for the Gagarin Cup. Everyone was upset, except the best goalkeeper of the 2019 Youth World Cup. Peter waved across the ocean, and there, in the Carolinas, the main goalkeepers, Andersen and Raanta, were suddenly injured at the same time. This is your chance, take it! And Kochetkov noticed.
In the regular season, the NHL rookie played three games, and won it all! In the playoffs, the Hurricanes began, of course, with an experienced Finn in the draw. But today, already in the 8th minute, Boston’s Czech striker Pastrnak finished off Raanta.
– Petya, come out! shouted Brindamore, helmsman of the Carolina. And Peter gave the show what it takes!
He repelled 30 shots, almost got into a fight with the main provocateur in the league, Marchand, for which he received a two-minute penalty, and finally won the hosts’ second victory in the series – 5:2. The jury appreciated the enthusiasm of the Hurricanes rookie:
– Wait, Petya, the third star of the match!
“We believe in this guy,” Rod Brindamore said. – We have already seen him in action in the regular phase. So they didn’t risk much by throwing instead of Raanta. Our guys cleared the space in front of him and he did the rest. I see that the players trust the newcomer!
Andrey Svechnikov is now much more fun in Carolina. Today, the striker added an assist to the goal in the first game, and after the game he told how he motivated his compatriot:
– I told him: feel safe and don’t worry about anything. The playoffs are specialty hockey, but I know you’re ready. You will succeed. Just play the best you can!
In short, we congratulate Kochetkov on his first cup win and Vasilevsky on his 50th! Andrey needed 83 matches for this. This is the seventh most in NHL history. Only goalkeeping legends like Jacques Plante (69 games), Ken Dryden (73), Billy Smith (74), Jerry Chivers (80), Patrick Roy and Turk Broda (82 each) reached this milestone faster.
In Edmonton, we note, the goalkeeper also scored. Mike Smith kept his property intact. The hosts defeated “Los Angeles” – 6:0. The Oilers and Kings move to California with parity, 1-1 in the series.
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