Kaprizov got into a fight with a Dallas player, Dadonov scored his first career goal in the NHL playoffs.
The Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild rivalry is one of the most compelling rivalries in the first round of the NHL playoffs. In the first face-to-face match of the Stanley Cup, the teams caught fire at the site of the American Airlines Center in Texas. With a full game advantage, Dallas accepted and lost to his heavily damaged leader, Joe Pavelski, after being strongly countered by Matt Dumba.
In the second match before Paul’s trip, the “stars” had no right to lose and, as expected, went to the home court to tear it up. As a result, a bag of discs visited the Minnesota gates. Returning to the starting lineup, legendary Canadian Marc-Andre Fleury missed seven times in less than three periods! That’s three times the amount that Filip Gustavsson, the protagonist of the previous match, missed more than 92 minutes, including two overtimes.
The first star of the match was considered Finnish forward “Dallas” Roop Hinz, who hit Fleury’s hand three times. A playoff hat-trick is always the highlight, but we’ll make a different point. One of the main characters of the match was Evgeny Dadonov, who will remember this day for a long time, as he scored his first career goal in the Stanley Cup.
Dadonov scores for the first time in the NHL playoffs, bringing victory to Dallas
And this pivotal event wouldn’t be so unusual if there wasn’t a “but” in the form of Evgeny’s return and gaming experience. There are nine unfinished seasons behind Dadonov in the NHL, and the current season is only the second season for the Russian forward to qualify for the playoffs. He now has goals to his credit at the Stanley Cups. 34 years old! Obviously, the Russian exchange in Dallas has only benefited. This was even noticed in the last episode of the regular season.
Moreover, Evgeniy did not limit himself to a single goal today and immediately scored a double. Both discs turned out to be very effective. At first, Dadonov deftly threw Fleury, already lying on the ice, with a backstroke, and ten minutes later the Russian famously put his stick down after Miro Heiskanen’s shot. In either case, star goalkeeper “Minnesota” had no chance of saving his goal.
In the second period, “Wild” still tried to turn the tide of the meeting in their favor, but in vain. In total, the “savages” scored three goals, and Kirill Kaprizov was not directly involved in any of them. Only in the episode in which Markus Johansson scored, the Russian struggled for a position in the slot zone and freed his partner from unnecessary tutelage. Otherwise, Kaprizov is unlikely to take the past meeting into his own existence.
Kirill has been constantly provoked, pushed, and slyly beaten, both during the last game and today. The referees ignored the actions of the Star players, and this eventually angered the Minnesota leader. Even during the match, Kaprizov got into a verbal confrontation with one of his main enemies, Ryan Suter, and at the end of the conversation, fists also came into play. The Russian faced Max Domi without a full-fledged fight on his bare hands.
Both Kaprizov and Domi were expelled before the end of the match for violating sports discipline. For the same reason, a few minutes later there were five hockey players on the field, and therefore the total number of penalty minutes for both teams exceeded 90.
The next meeting is on April 22 in St. Paul, and it’s clear that the hottest fight is yet to come.
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