The NHL season has started and on Wednesday, five games were on the program. Edmonton’s Jesse Puljujärvi, Colorado’s Mikko Rantanen and Chicago’s Henrik Borgström were noted for blue and white points.
Hockey life smiles for Jesse Puljujärvi. After difficult years in the beginning of his NHL career, he is now established in Edmonton.
When Edmonton started their season with a match against rival Vancouver, Puljujärvi got to play in the team’s first chain together with the big stars Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid.
The Finn received a dividend immediately. The clock stopped at 16.55 when Puljujärvi stood correctly in front of goal and neatly shaved in a goalkeeper return.
Puljujärvi, on the other hand, is not part of Edmonton’s life-threatening first powerplay formation.
There, McDavid and Draisaitl are instead joined by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and the newly acquired Zach Hyman.
It was Hyman who from close range in powerplay scored Edmonton’s 2-0 goal. McDavid and Draisaitl were responsible for the eminent preparatory work.
Edmonton lost their two-goal lead at the end. The match was 2-2 after 60 minutes and went into extra time.
The extra time was goalless and in the penalty shootout, five rounds were needed to find a winner. Edmonton’s Kyle Turris scored in the fifth round and thus Edmonton won 4-2.
Heavy start for Fleury
Colorado started the season without its big star Nathan MacKinnon. The Canadian has suffered from covid-19, but Colorado expects him to be back soon.
In MacKinnon’s absence, it was Nazem Kadri who played first center between Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen.
Colorado got a taste start against Chicago. The match was not even ten minutes old when Colorado pulled up a 3-0 lead.
The new acquisition Marc-André Fleury guarded Chicago’s goal and thus got a nightmare start in his new club.
Chicago’s introduction was pale. After twelve minutes of play, Colorado led the shots on goal with 17-2.
Colorado won the match 4-2.
Ovetchkin up as fifth in goal statistics
Washington’s goal thief Alexander Ovetchkin suffered a pre-season injury that was feared to be serious. It still wasn’t.
Ovetchkin was in the lineup in the premiere against the New York Rangers and delivered.
The Russian’s balance in the match against the New York Rangers was written 2 + 2 and Washington won 5-1.
Ovetchkin passed Marcel Dionne in all-time goal statistics and continues to chase Wayne Gretzky’s record.
|1. Wayne Gretzky||894|
|2. Gordie Howe||801|
|3. Jaromir Jagr||766|
|4. Brett Hull||741|
|5. Alexander Ovetchkin||732|
|6. Marcel Dionne||731|
Kaapo Kakko of the New York Rangers swam a giant position at the beginning of the match and combed zero in the points record.
The Finn was on the ice for just over 17 minutes.
Updating article …
Toronto – Montreal 2–1
MTL: Joel Armia 0 + 0, +/- 0, 15.55
MTL: Artturi Lehkonen 0 + 0, +/- 0, 8.43
Washington–NY Rangers 5–1
NYR: Kaapo Kakko 0 + 0, -2, 17.12
WPG: Kristian Vesalainen 0 + 0, +/- 0, 7.32
COL: Sampo Beach 0 + 0, +/- 0, 11.38
COL: Mikko Rantanen 0 + 1, +3, 7.30 pm
CHI: Henrik Borgström 0 + 1, -1, 13.25
Edmonton – Vancouver 3-2 (after penalties)
EDM: Jesse Puljujärvi 1+0, +/- 0, 20.02
VAN: Juho Lammikko 0 + 0, +/- 0, 10.07