In the hockey league NHL, Columbus surprised by defeating Florida on home ice. Columbus’ new acquisition Johnny Gaudreau was the match’s top scorer with a 1+2 balance, while Florida’s three Finns scored zero.
In the Columbus Blue Jackets–Florida Panthers match, Danill Tarasov had to guard the home goal. The 23-year-old goalkeeper had been called up from the farm team and was pitted against the ten-year-older Sergei Bobrovsky in Florida, who also comes from Novokuznetsk.
In terms of play, Florida was clearly the better team and won the shots on goal by a crushing 50-23. Tarasov, on the other hand, took home the goaltending match by saving 47 of 50 shots, while Bobrovsky only stood in the way of 18 of 23 pucks. Columbus thus won the match 5–3.
The 23-year-old Tarasov, who played for the Aces in the 2019-20 season, was satisfied.
– I was just a little nervous before the first shots. I haven’t played in the NHL for a long time, says Tarasov on the NHL website.
Columbus continues to have major injury problems but has nevertheless reversed the trend after its woeful start. The victory against Florida means that the team has won four of its last six games.
Columbus injury list
Florida suffered its third straight loss. Player Nick Cousins blamed the play in the second period.
– It has been the same throughout the autumn. We go out and dominate all statistics.
– After that, we ease off the gas and give the opponents the chance to enter the match. We have to find a solution. Third periods are okay, in them we play with energy, says Cousins.
Florida’s three Finns combed zero in the scoring record. Thus, Anton Lundell extended his scoreless streak to five games.
In Columbus’ first chain, Johnny Gaudreau and Boone Jenner were this time joined by Gustav Nyquist on the right side who played until a goal.
The new acquisition Gaudreau was the match’s scorer with 1+2 and the center Jenner was noted for 1+0. Both players have now scored in four straight games.
– It takes some time, but we are on the right track. We find each other and utilize our respective strengths, says Gaudreau about the collaboration.
Gaudreau, who has averaged one point per game, is clear first in Columbus scoring. The balance is written 7+11=18 points.
Kasperi Kapanen poked again
In the second game of the night, the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5–3.
Evgenij Malkin got the spotlight when he played his 1,000th game in a Pittsburgh jersey. The 36-year-old striker accounted for a goal in the game as he gave Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead.
The big profile of the match was Sidney Crosby who was noted for 1+3=4 points.
Kasperi Kapanen is not in Pittsburgh’s team and was poked. He sat in the stands for the fourth time in a row.
FLA: Aleksander Barkov 0+0, -1, 21.09
FLA: Anton Lundell 0+0, +1, 15.51
FLA: Eetu Luostarinen 0+0, +1, 16.09