Regular – 101st season in the National hockey League (NHL) did the ninth week. Within the top 3 we present our rating of the main events.
1) a knee Strike to the head and 5 assists by Artemiy Panarin
8 December 2017 will now appear on a particular date for the Russian striker “Columbus blue Jackets” by Artemiy Panarin. Now more on that below.
Last week at the “uniforms” was the two-legged battle with the “new Jersey Devilz”. The first game ended with a confident victory of the team from Newark – 4:1. Young and cocky hockey players “Devils” not a stone was left from his opponent. And with full confidence ready to take “the kings” is already on its platform.
From time to time the events in “Prudential center” was easy to confuse with the game yesterday. The same strong action, the same advantage in scoring goals. After the first period the score was 2:0 in advantage “devils”. And it seemed that everything will not end very well for the wards of John Tortorella. But there it was! Everything is in their hands took Artemiy Panarin. The striker, nicknamed “bread” has done the unthinkable – he gave up five assists in a row.
In the end, “Columbus” won – 5:3, and the city entered the history of the NHL. Only seven players have previously done the same amount of assists in a row on the road and one of them is Brian Leach from the “new York Rangers”. But it was in the last century – back in 1995. That is, after 22 years, the record is again repeated. And again he is not someone else, and our compatriot.
Artemy Panarin, who in the summer, to everyone’s surprise traded from Chicago in “Columbus” showed perhaps his best performance of all time in the NHL. The player who gave up five assists to five different partners. That night the Russians made happy by Pierre-Luc Dubois, the Lukas Sedlak, Scott Harrington, Alex and Zach Wennberg Varinski.
In the post-match interview Panarin noticed him in the second period, was hit with a knee to the head partner in the team – Josh Anderson, after which the “brains turned on” and the game went on. We can only say “thank you” such far-sighted colleagues.
2) “Tampa Bay lightning” – the absolute leader!
Here come, the time when Dec has already crossed its halfway point, and before the new year remained a little less than two weeks. And, as a rule, these remaining days are the most intense in the lives of people of all returns. Children count the minutes until the start of the holidays, parents are puzzled by the purchase of gifts and delivery of reports. But for most students of Russian Universities will start the winter testing session.
Kind of session this week was the hockey “Tampa Bay lightning”. Only if the students for a good education have the opportunity to “automatic” and not even be on the exam, then players of “lightning” discharge. Ward John Cooper had to reinforce its reputation of “excellence” in games from their direct competitors for the leadership in the NHL “Winnipeg jets” and “St. Louis Blues”.
So, the first steel jets from Winnipeg last Saturday. For hockey fans was a surprise, as canadian club is very high. Because not so long ago future rivals shared the first place in the General table NHL. So Saturday’s match, was seen as the first test of strength for the wards of John Cooper.
And “Tampa” passed. But not without difficulties. All three period, was absolutely equal game. The teams exchanged goals in each period, bringing the game to overtime. And there is already converged a variety of factors. This and the fact that in overtime the team Paul Maurice didn’t win any of their five matches and the fact that Tampa Bay plays very well at home (three wins in last three home games). The result – the puck is Brendan’s point in the first minute of overtime brings “lightning” two points!
Further – the game of two leaders of the Western and Eastern Conference “St. Louis” and “Tampa”. It was, perhaps the most anticipated meeting of the week. Clash of the titans. Many are predicting for them in the Stanley Cup finals. In the meantime, in the framework of the regular championship up while taking the East – 3:0. And takes confidence. The goal was scored by Brendan point, Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov. For the latter, she was 21st in the season, thus having caught up with Alexander Ovechkin. Well, the deciding factor was a great game Andrei Vasilevsky, who saved all 32 shots on his goal, having scored the third shutout of the season.
It does not mean that you have to close up shop and give all the credit in advance “Tampa”. No, there is still half the season, and from traumas nobody is insured. The “St. Louis”, for example, missed meeting the captain and the leader of the defense – Alex Pietrangelo and J. Bowmeester. Moreover, over the past two decades, the NHL has become a place of fights of equal opponents, and therefore to imagine that the notebook favorites will succeed – a very dubious activity. Here we can recall that before last year’s finals got “Predators” and got “capitals”.
Although it is very convincing, “lightning” this year. And obsessive the team and its representatives claim various individual awards this season.
3) “Ottawa” – “Montreal” – match of the 100th anniversary of the NHL
On Saturday, the capital of Canada took the masts-century NHL – 2017 Scotiabank NHL 100 Classic. And the venue (Ottawa) – was chosen. It was here back in 1917 – was the first match in the history of the National Hockey League. Met, not just “senators” – “Canadiens”. The meeting ended with 7:4 in favor of “Montreal”. And now the teams back together in order to under the open sky to find out who among them is still greater and stronger.
Both teams approached this game not in the best condition, although “senators” here still stand. Over the past month, “Ottawa” has lost 12 out of 13 matches with a total score of 20:48. Nightmare!
The beginning was preceded by an entertainment program, part of which was the performance of canadian air force fighters. Despite the freezing cold (-12) at stadium has gathered more than 30 thousand people. This action took place at the rink at Lansdown Park in the historical centre of the canadian capital.
In the end, as often happens in a difficult moment on a crowded stage, the hosts managed to defeat and stop his protracted unsuccessful series. 28 saves Craig Anderson’s shutout and the outcome are key to a successful outcome – 3:0.
To win up in this game is, well, if not smooth impressions of what is happening in the season, then at least give a reason poyulit over the guests, who also not caresses in the current draw.