The winning streaks of the Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils, who are fighting for the top spots in the series, were broken in the hockey NHL.
Finnish forward of the Colorado Avalanche Mikko Rantanen a strong start to the game against the Vancouver Canucks in the hockey NHL did not help lead the Denverites to victory.
Rantanen scored two goals in the opening set and gave Colorado a 2–1 lead. The latter of them was born with superiority and was Rantanen’s 13th of the season.
Artturi Lehkonen was recorded as a passer for both goals.
After visiting Denver in Vancouver Ilya Miheev scored a 1–0 lead after only 21 seconds had been played in the first period.
In the second period, Vancouver equalized By Bo Horvat from hitting 2–2. Colorado took the driver’s place for a while longer Cale Makarin with a 3–2 score, but Vancouver’s two goals in the final set lifted the Canadian visitors to a 4–3 victory.
New Jersey fans went wild with the disallowed goals
The 13-game winning streak of the New Jersey Devils was broken at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs with a narrow 1-2 loss. New Jersey scored four goals in the final set, three of which were disallowed.
The third of the rejected goals was scored by a Toronto striker of Nicholas Robertson. The goal was disallowed because, according to the judges, the Finnish striker Erik Haula kicked the puck towards the goal.
– I tried to get the puck on my stick and play. The puck bounced off the opponent and into the net. The rule is annoying. Every player is sure to think that the situation is frustrating, Haula said on the NHL’s website.
Haula’s disallowed goal was too much for the Devils’ home crowd. Enraged spectators threw garbage on the ice, including food scraps and beer cans, so much so that Toronto players left the rink.
Haula asked the fans to calm down, with varying degrees of success.
– I don’t care if beer spills on me, but I do have the equipment. However, there are other people there. It would be horrible if someone had hurt themselves when something hit their head, Haula commented for the CBC. (you switch to another service)
Haula added in an interview with CBC that he was hit by a piece of deep-fried chicken.
Florida to a convincing victory over the league leader
Florida Panthers Finnish players Alexander Barkov and Anton Lundell were in great shape in a 5–2 win over the Boston Bruins.
Lundell took the Panthers to a 2–1 lead in the second period. Barkov scored a 3–1 goal and scored 1+2 in Florida’s superiority situations. Lundell’s goal was the second of the season, Barkov’s fifth.
– We haven’t won as many games as we wanted. Especially now we need to get wins. The victory over Boston is a huge deal, Barkov commented.
Florida ended series leader Boston’s seven-game winning streak.
The winning streak of the St. Louis Blues also ended at seven games the night before Thursday, when the Buffalo Sabers surprised it 6–2. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 34 saves against Buffalo in goal.
Dallas blew Chicago’s three-goal lead
The Chicago Blackhawks led the Dallas Stars 4-1 midway through the third period, but home team Dallas put together an amazing run in the last ten minutes.
By Jamie Benn The 2–4 narrowing came about with a superior time in 50.15 Roope Hintz from initialization. Dallas scored the next two goals within 14 seconds of each other. The 4–4 equalizer was passed by a defender Jani Hakanpääwho recorded another assist in Dallas’ 6-4 goal just seconds before the final buzzer.
Dallas, which is second in the western division, scored a total of five goals in ten minutes.
– We didn’t manage this well. I think we played really hard for 40 or 50 minutes, but a match lasts 60 minutes. This was a hard lesson that you can’t sigh with relief even in the lead, Chicago’s head coach Luke Richardson said, praising Dallas’ offense.
Husso saved a clean sheet
The meeting between Detroit Red Wings and Nashville Predators was also a battle of Finnish goaltenders. Ville Husso made 26 saves in the Detroit goal and kept a clean sheet. Detroit won the match 3–0.
Also the Nashville Watch Kevin Lankinen made 26 saves, but let the puck go behind his back twice.
The Carolina Hurricanes, starred by Finnish players, remained scoreless like Nashville after suffering a 0-4 loss to the Arizona Coyotes.