Two key Winnipeg strikers did not complete the team’s opening match in the NHL after a restart of the competition against Calgary (1: 4). Above all, the intervention on the star Mark Scheifele aroused a lot of emotions.
Scheifele resigned as early as the sixth minute when, after a collision with Matthew Tkachuk, he held on to his left leg with a painful grimace at the guardrail.
Tkachuk’s intervention on Scheifele:
The Calgary striker was not ruled out for the intervention, but Jets coach Paul Maurice accused him of intentional kicking.
“He could have cut his Achilles tendon and ended his career. It was a disgusting operation,” Maurice said angrily.
His next charge, Patrik Laine, left the ice in the 55th minute. The Finnish striker held his right hand, which he stepped into during a fight between Calgary defender Mark Giordano.
In the Flames goal, the coaches preferred Cam Talbot to David Rittich, who capitulated first – in the ninth minute, Andrew Copp beat him from the left circle without preparation.
However, the middle part was dominated by the Flames and the 18: 6 shooting advantage was projected by three goals into the score. Special formations also helped them turn around: Johnny Gaudreau and Mikael Backlund took advantage of the power play, while Tobias Rieder struck in weakness. Andrew Mangiapane secured the win in Winnipeg without a goalkeeper.
The Montreal hockey players defeated Pittsburgh 3: 2 on the opening day of the extended playoffs in overtime with a goal from the 74th minute.
Montreal led 2-0 after hitting Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Nick Suzuki, but his promising lead vanished between 30 and 33 minutes. Pittsburgh equalized for Sidney Crosby and Bryan Rust, and in the third period, he had two ideal situations at 2: 2 to turn the score around. However, he wasted a 92-second overpowering game five to three and in the 57th minute Conor Sheary dropped a penalty shot.
Montreal could also decide from a penalty shot, but Jonathan Drouin failed in overtime with a backhand loop. However, the Canadian club, which advanced to the playoffs from twelfth place, rejoiced a moment later. The first point in the series, played in three winning matches, was scored by defender Jeff Petry with a shot from the right circle. The losers missed Dominik Simon as he was recovering from left shoulder surgery.
In the next round of qualifying for the 1st round of the Eastern Conference, the New York Islanders defeated the Florida team 2: 1. The winners laid the foundation for the win in the first half of the match, when Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Anthony Beauvillier made it. Florida has improved over time, but has only dramatized the match with a contact goal scored by Jonathan Huberdeau at the start of the third period.