On the night of Friday, April 1, the next nine matches of the regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL) took place overseas. In the central meeting of the program “Pittsburgh Penguins” with Eugene Malkin in the team defeated in overtime with a score of 4: 3 “Minnesota Wild”, represented by Kirill Kaprizov.
Russian players became the main protagonists of the game, and Malkin received the title of the first star of the match for his performance. In total, he made six shots on target, and in the second period, with a score of 1: 1, the attack with Gino ended with a goal by his American partner Ryan Gentzel. In overtime, Malkin threw the decisive puck – with several attempts, he literally pushed it into the goal. According to the number of winning goals for “Pittsburgh” (78), Malkin now shares first place in the history of the club with the Czech Jaromir Jagr. This season, Eugene has 32 games and 35 points on the system “goal plus pass” (17 + 18). He has been scoring six games in a row.
Kirill Kaprizov remains the most productive player of the “regular” among the Russians. He has 65 matches and 83 points (38 + 45). He repeated the record of Slovak Marian Gaborik in the number of points for the season in the “Minnesota”. The next point will allow Kaprizov to come out on top. Kirill was recognized as the third star of the match with “Pittsburgh”: his goal in the third period, scored thanks to a timely exit to the piglet, allowed “Wilde” to escape defeat in regular time. Kaprizov’s productive series is already five matches.
Defender Dmitry Kulikov came out on the ice together with Kaprizov as a member of Minnesota. However, he did not take effective action.
The prize of the first star of the match, and in the end of the day received Sergei Bobrovsky. The goalkeeper of the “Florida Panthers” in the match with the “Chicago Blackhawks” played to zero, with 37 shots, and brought his team a 4-0 victory. For Bobrovsky, this is the third “rusk” of the season.
The Russian Columbus Blue Jackets goalkeeper Semyon Varlamov also played a successful match. His team defeated the New York Islanders 5-2, and Varlamov deflected 30 of 32 shots. With Varlamov in the goal, Columbus won eight of 25 matches, this time for the second time in a row.
Russian forward Toronto Maple Leafs Ilya Mikheyev scored three points (1 + 2) in the match against the Winnipeg Jets. The Canadian club, represented by Mikheev, crushed its opponent with a score of 7: 3. Despite the defeat, “Toronto” lost 0: 2 in the course of the meeting, and the pupil of the Omsk “Vanguard” was involved in the decisive moments. With his passes, the score turned into 1: 2 and 3: 2. Ilya threw his puck with a score of 4: 3, running to the gate across the field. His team was in the minority at the time.
Mikheev was recognized as the third star of the match, and the title of first star went to the American Austin Matthews, who for the first time in his career scored 50 goals in a season. In this match, he scored only a goal (the same 50th) and a pass.
Russian Carolina Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov won the third star award. Two of his goals allowed the Hurricanes to defeat the worst team in the Eastern Conference, the Montreal Canadiens, 4-0. In the standings of the East, “Carolina” with 98 points shares first place with “Florida”. However, the Hurricanes spent more on the match.