The Anaheim Ducks, in which German defender Korbinian Holzer is under contract, have caused a surprise in the North American hockey league NHL: The penultimate of the Western Conference won on Friday (local time) with 4: 3 (1: 0, 0: 1, 2: 2, 1: 0) after extra time against the San Jose Sharks, who are already qualified for the playoffs. On Saturday night, the New York Islanders drove a success.
Rickard Rakell tied a double (8th / 56th) and Jakob Silfverberg made the decision only 38 seconds after the start of extra time. Holzer was just under 16 minutes on the ice, but was involved in any hit. Despite the victory, the Ducks have little chance of participating in the finals. They are still ranked 14th.
Minnesota surprises Washington
In the second Friday game, the Minnesota Wild surprised the Washington Capitals. Thanks to the 2-1 (1-0, 0: 1, 1: 0) away-forward, the guests from Minnesota jump to eighth place in the west. Luke Kunin (53.) scored the decisive goal.
Islanders win without German participation
Without German support, the New York Islanders won on Saturday night with 4: 2 (1: 1, 1: 0, 2: 1) at the Philadelphia Flyers. German goalkeeper Thomas Greiss had to give his teammate Robin Lehner the lead on Saturday, Dennis Seidenberg and Tom Kühnhackl were not in the squad at all. The Flyers went through Robert Hägg 1-0 in the lead (7), but then turned Brock Nelson (15) and Nick Leddy the game (31) in favor of the Islanders. With their first overpayment game Philadelphia resembled in person of Shayne Gostisbehere again, against the final offensive of the Islanders, the hosts were then powerless. A brace from Josh Bailey (57./58.) Made for the first victory after two defeats in which the Islanders without own scoring remained.
Grubauer wins German duel
In Colorado, however, it came to a German duel, which decided Philipp Grubauer for himself. The national goalkeeper defeated Colorado Avalanche Dominik Kahun and the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 and climbed in the Western Conference on the last Wild Card place. JT Compher, Colin Wilson, the Swiss Sven Andrighetto and Derick Brassard scored the goals for the hosts. Chicago captains Jonathan Toews and Erik Gustafsson are lining up against Grubauer.
Defeats for Draisaitl and Rieder
In addition, the German national players Tobias Rieder and Leon Draisaitl were defeated by the Edmonton Oilers against the Ottawa Senators with 3: 4 (1: 2, 1: 0, 1: 1, 0: 1). Only in extra time decided Brady Tkachuk with his second goal the game (63.). Draisaitl had previously prepared the interim 2: 2 by Connor McDavid (23). In the fight for the playoffs, the Oilers are ranked 13th and thus outside the playoff placements.