On the night of Thursday, March 31, the National Hockey League (NHL) hosted six games. Five of them took place with the participation of Russian players.
Striker Artemy Panarin played a key role in the New York Rangers’ away win over the Detroit Red Wings (5: 4) in overtime. Panarin scored three points, each entering the game with effective action, when his team needed it most. Thanks to this victory, “Rangers” is in third place in the Eastern Conference, but is seriously fighting with “Florida” and “Carolina” for leadership.
In the second period, the Russian tied the score when “Detroit” won 3: 2. In the third period, with a score of 4: 3 in favor of the hosts, he assisted forward Chris Crider, which saved a draw for his team. Finally, in overtime with Panarin’s pass, another striker, Andrew Kopp, scored the winning goal. During one attack, Panarin and Kopp exchanged passes, and Artemiy brought his teammate to the ideal position to strike.
Panarin ended the meeting with a usefulness factor of “plus three”, was recognized as its third star and received the second star of the day. Artemiy scored 80 points (18 + 62) in 63 matches of the season. His productive series has lasted for five matches in a row. In the list of the best scorers of the league among the Russians, he came in second place, two points behind Kirill Kaprizov (82) and ahead of Alexander Ovechkin (78).
Russian goalkeeper Alexander Georgiev played his 28th game for Rangers and did not do well against Detroit. In the first period, he allowed Ryan Rasmussen to equalize (1: 1), unsuccessfully hitting the puck into the goal after a simple throw into the near corner. He reflected 22 shots out of 26 and achieved the 11th victory with 11 defeats. He has one dry match this season.
One of the NHL’s most “Russian” teams, the St. Louis Blues, won a 4-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Pavel Buchnevich, Alexei Toropchenko, Vladimir Tarasenko and Ivan Barbashev took part in the match as part of the winners. None of them managed to stand out with effective actions. At the same time, all four completed the game with a efficiency factor of “minus one”. As part of “Vancouver” on the ice came Russian striker Vasily Podkolzin, who scored only two minutes in this game.
Striker Eugene Svechnikov took part in the away victory of the Winnipeg Jets over the Buffalo Sabers. Svechnikov’s team won twice in the course of the match and after a draw in regular time and overtime won on penalties. Candlesticks played 14 and a half minutes without effective action. This season, the first in Winnipeg since moving from Detroit, remains for Svechnikov the best in the NHL in terms of the number of games played (58) and points scored (6 + 12).
The Vegas Knights with Yevgeny Dadonov in the lineup deprived the Seattle Kraken of a chance to reach the playoffs following the first season in the NHL. A 0-3 home defeat left Seattle in the penultimate, 15th place in the Western Conference without a chance to catch the top eight. In this meeting, Dadonov spent 17 minutes and 11 seconds on the ice, not distinguished by effective actions.
The San Jose Sharks, which includes Russian striker Alexander Barabanov, unexpectedly lost to the worst team in the West, Arizona Coyotes. The meeting ended with a score of 5: 2. Russian forward San Jose spent 19 minutes and three seconds on the court with a efficiency factor of “minus three”.