The main round of the NHL turns into their home straight – with the Boston Bruins and the Winnipeg Nets
secured two more teams prematurely, the play-off participation. The Carolina Hurricanes and the
Montreal Canadiens landed important victories in the wildcard race. The NHL Saturday.
The Bruins solved the play-off ticket with a 7: 3 win at the Florida Panthers – this is the six-time Stanley
Cup winner for the third time in a row in the post-season part. Noel Acciari set the course early for the
46th win of the season for the Bruins after three minutes with his opening goal. Later in the match Brad
Marchand (21st), Zdeno Chara (26th), Karson Kuhlman (27th), Steven Kampfer (36th PP), David
Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron (60th) met for Boston. The Panthers scored Jayce Hawryluk (21st), Mike
Hoffman (31st) and Vincent Trochek (44th PP). An anniversary celebrated Bruins defender Chara. The
interim 3: 1 meant for the Slovaks the 200th goal in his NHL career.
Jets storm into the play-offs
The Winnipeg Jets secured one of the coveted play-offs with a clear 5: 0 against the Nashville Predators.
In the field of vision were the home win of the Canadians, especially two players: Goalie Connor
Hellebuyck nailed his goal with 33 saves – for the 25-year-old, it was the second shutout at the second
start. And forward striker Kyle Connor met almost at will. Three goals and one assist contributed to the
first-round pick from 2015 (17th position). For the first time, the 22-year-old cracked the defense of the
Predators at 1-0 (25). Andrew Copp and Kevin Hayes (36th) screwed up the result in the episode. In the
final third Connor met in the 56th minute worth seeing 4-0, his hat-trick he completed with the 5-0 nine
seconds before the final siren.
In addition to the Bruins and the Jets Tampa Bay Lightning, the Calgary Flames and the San Jose
Sharks are already determined as other finalists participants.
Montreal secures wildcard ticket
The Canadiens also have the best chances to follow the mentioned teams thanks to the 7: 4 home win
against the Buffalo Sabers. The franchise from the Canadian metropolis is currently three points ahead
of its closest rival, the Columbus Blue Jackets. After Sam Reinharts goal for the leadership of the Sabers
(13), met Canadiens winger Artturi to compensate (26.). Later on, Brendan Gallagher (30th and 49th)
Paul Byron (39.) Max Domi (56th PP) and Tomas Tatar (58th) were the goals for the home team. For the
Sabers were Alexander Nylander (35th PP) Marco Scandella (37th) and Jack Eichel (54th). Domi scored
his NHL points 200 to 202 with two assists and one goal.
Hurricanes do not give Minnesota a chance
The Carolina Hurricanes continue their first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference after beating
Minnesota Wild 5-1. Jordan Staal (24th), Brett Pesce (26th), Andrei Svechnikov (44th), Lucas Wallmark
(50th) and Teuvo Teravainen (52nd) met for Carolina. The only goal of the Wilds, which fell from the
defeat for the time being from the play-off places, Eric Staal scored (29).
Last year’s finalist loses
The Vegas Golden Knights dropped a counter at home with a 3-2 defeat by extra time against the Detroit
Red Wings. After Luke Glendennings to the lead for the Red Wings (4th) inserted, turned Cody Eakin
(35) and Reilly Smith (51) the match first. But the leadership should not last long. Only one minute after
Smith’s goal, Anthony Mantha equalized in power play (52 ‘) – and decided with his second goal after 19
seconds of extra time. After all, shortened the previous year’s finalist by the point win the distance from
the second-placed San Jose. Currently the Golden Knights are five meters behind the Sharks.