Czech hockey goalkeeper Karel Vejmelka caught Arizona’s 2: 1 victory over Toronto and was declared the first star of the match. Auston Matthews, the Czech goalkeeper, lost the second net account in the NHL in the 41st minute.
Vejmelka showed an excellent performance and caught his fourth victory in the NHL. The native of Třebíč was permanently against the Maple Leafs and confirmed that the shooting activity of the opponent suits him. For the third time this season, he faced more than 40 shots and won such a challenging match for the second time.
Vejmelka performed more than 40 hits twice against Winnipeg. For the first time, the prime minister’s net account and a 1-0 win, but for the second time, even 46 successful hits were not enough for Arizona’s victory, because the Jets won 3: 1.
“I always prefer to be under the onslaught from the beginning. Today, Toronto players got me where I felt really good,” Vejmelka praised.
“But it wasn’t just about me, the team helped me a lot and we can celebrate winning over a big team,” said the former goalkeeper of the Brno Kometa.
Petr Mrázek played in Toronto for the fourth time this season, but he was not enough for Vejmelka in the Czech duel. He collected twice from 18 shots, and even in the fourth match of the year, he did not exceed the 90% success rate.
Ryan Dzingel scored both goals for Mrázek, who stylishly celebrated his return to the ice after a seven-game break caused by an injury in the upper body.
“Although I scored two goals, we would not have scored today without Vejji (Vejmelka). He showed an excellent performance and was rewarded for the work he does in training. He is incredibly prepared for a newcomer,” said Czech goalkeeper Dzingel.
Toronto’s only successful scorer was Matthews, who beat Vejmelka from the 36th Maple Leafs on goal. The American striker prevailed in the ninth match on the opponent’s ice in a row and broke the club record held by Babe Dye, Frank Mahovlich and Daniel Marois.
Despite the loss, Toronto remained in fifth place in the Eastern Conference. Arizona is still last in the Western Conference, but after losing Montreal, the Coyotes disengaged from the NHL’s worst team.
In the duel between Boston and Montreal, Tomáš Nosek gained assistance in winning the Bruins 5: 1. His teammate David Pastrňák, after two matches in which he scored four goals and added one pass, came out empty-handed. Brad Marchand shone a hat-trick against the Canadiens.
Montreal lost the eleventh of the last twelve duels. Marchanda Nosek prepared the first goal of the match in the 15th minute.
The Pardubice native found a lone shooter on the edge of the goal area with a great pass from the left guardrail, and the most productive Bruins player easily inserted the disc into the exposed lower corner of Jake Allen’s goal.
Boston scored the second goal after fifteen seconds and Marchand re-entered. This time, the Canadian striker was best guided by his own inaccurate shot and beat Allen for the second time. Curtis Lazar crowned the great first third of the Bruins in the final minute.
Marchand completed the fifth hat-trick in the NHL in the 28th minute, when he again had the best orientation in front of the goal and the disc behind the substitute Samuel Montembeault arrived. For the rest of the match, the Bruins guarded the lead and celebrated their sixth victory in the last seven duels.
“I think we have a good pace now, and I hope it will continue all year. I’m sure there will be times when we stop doing well, but we’ll have to find a way to reverse it. That’s the way it goes in the season, “said Marchand, who has scored eight goals in the last four games.
For the first time this season, goalkeeper Tuuka Rask was on the Boston bench. Bruins signed a new one-million-dollar annual contract with Finnish goalkeeper who underwent hip surgery after last season.
The Dallas-Seattle duel offered a great performance by veteran Joe Pavelsky, who scored five points for two goals and three assists. The 37-year-old American striker took part in all the goals of the home team in a 5: 2 victory.
Arizona – Toronto 2:1 (1:0, 0:0, 1:1)
Goals: 15th and 53rd Dzingel – 41. Matthews. Shots on goal: 18:46. Attendance: 10,031. Vejmelka for Arizona, he caught the whole match, collected one goal from 46 shots and had a success rate of 97.8 percent. Frost for Toronto, he caught 57 minutes and 25 seconds, collected two goals from 18 shots and had a success rate of 88.9 percent. Match Stars: 1. Vejmelka, 2. Dzingel (oba Arizona), 3. Matthews (Toronto).
Boston – Montreal 5:1 (3:0, 1:1, 1:0)
Goals: 15th, 15th and 28th B. Marchand (on the first T. The nose), 20 and 51. Lazar – 31. Pezzetta. Shots on goal: 41:25. Attendance: 17,850. Match Stars: 1. Marchand, 2. Lazar, 3. Bergeron (all Boston).
Dallas – Seattle 5:2 (3:1, 1:1, 1:0)
Goals: 11. and 39. Pavelski, 1. Hintz, 14. J. Robertson, 59. Hakanpää – 9. Järnkrok, 26. McCann. Shots on goal: 25:25. Viewers:. Match Stars: 1. Pavelski, 2. Hintz, 3. Lindell (all Dallas).