Kucherov’s three points go to Tampa from St. He scored a victory over Louis, Buchnevich got a goal and an assist
Ivan Barbashev invested the scandalous Canadian in his experience, Mikhail Sergachev avenged Andrei Vasilevski, and Nikita Kucherov is preparing to score 100 points again in one season.
The North Americans had no time to rest after a short Thanksgiving weekend, as the National Hockey League was scorching another strong game day with so many super interesting and exciting games. One of the main meetings took place today in Florida, where the most Russian NHL teams competed – Tampa and St. louis In total, 9 representatives of Russia play for both teams. And almost all of them are real stars of the best hockey league in the world.
They proved their weight and role, as well as their ability to make a difference in the game and ultimately in the head-to-head fight at Amali Arena. It wasn’t just limited to goals and assists.
Already in the third minute of the game, this season’s St. The most friendly and scandalous Canadian did not accept the challenge, but did not have time to oppose the Russian striker. Already at the beginning of the fight, Barbashev put Perry on the ice, without really applying emphatic blows.
Literally three minutes later, another fight broke out on the site, but this time it was huge.
During the counterattack, Canadian “Blues” defender Robert Bortuzzo did not manage to quickly escape from the collision with Andrei Vasilevski and, although unintentionally, powerfully hit the “Tampa” goalkeeper. Lightning defender Mikhail Sergachev and Vasilevsky’s other teammates on the field instantly rushed to avenge their goalkeeper and shot Bortuzzo and the other St. Louis players started beating. True, the confrontation could have been avoided: again, it shows Bortuzzo advancing towards Vasilevski, largely due to a minor push from Sergachev a minute earlier. It was this fact that allowed the blues defender to avoid a large fine.
Nikita Kucherov and his liaison played hockey, while the fighters sat in the penalty area. First, the top scorer of “Tampa” in the pass over Brandon Hagel scored a goal against his main teammate Braden Point. In less than half a minute, Alex Killorn Lightning doubled his lead, followed by Point’s double. And again after the transfer of Kucherov.
In the tenth minute of the match, 3-0 seemed like a phrase for “St. Louis”, but “Lightning” was loosened too soon. Because of their overconfidence, they were punished by Pavel Buchnevich, who fully recovered from his injury and became the true leader of the Blues. The Russian super forward scored his sixth goal this season, beating both Vasilevski and Yıldırım’s defense during the power play. And at the start of the second period, Butch was already cast as an assistant in the episode, with Jordan Kairu’s goal. 15 points (6+9) in matches – what is if not superclass? No one would be surprised if the Blues management turns out to be festively remembering the day when Buchnevich drank a glass of sparkling wine in his honor after each game and a deal was struck to sign the former Rangers forward. Now St. It is Pavel who brings results to Louis – much more than the recovered Vladimir Tarasenko and Ivan Barbashev, as well as the younger Alexei Toropchenko and Nikita Alexandrov.
Unfortunately for Pavel and his team, Tampa has its own joker named Kucherov, the first star of the fight. After the second goal, Nikita felt that the “Blues” smelled like fried and immediately scored a goal for Brandon Hagel. From the transfer of the Russian striker Tom simply had to not miss it. Kucherov scored a utility hat-trick. This is the second time this season and the 27th in his entire NHL career. Only Connor McDavid (33) has played more games with 3 or more assists since Nikita made his debut in the world’s best league. Kuch himself took over Artemy Panarin (26th), who began his overseas voyage a few years after Nikita.
Kucherov also scored 30 points in the season today. He now has 31 points and that’s in the first 20 games of the championship! Previously, Nikita has only performed like this once in the 2017/18 season, then scoring 100 points in a draw for the first time in his career.
Competing in captured courage, “Tampa” and St. The cold-blooded guests of Vasilevsky from Louis did not find the strength. About five minutes before the last siren, Craig Berubi despaired and drove the goalkeeper away for the sake of the sixth fielder, but Nick Paul instantly broke the “musicians” hopes with an accurate shot. 5:2 – “Lightning” showed its character and justified the failure of “Boston” (3:5), while “St. Louis” began a new series of defeats.
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