Hertl ended his month-long shooting fast and helped San Jose to the win

Hertl ended his month-long shooting fast and helped San Jose to the win

Hertl ends month-long shooting fast to help San Jose win

Washington goaltender Charlie Lindgren saves a shot by a San Jose player in an NHL game on February 12, 2023.

New York – Forward Tomáš Hertl ended his 10-game NHL wait for a goal, with a shot into an empty goal, he sealed a 4:1 victory for the San Jose hockey players in Washington in this afternoon's game. The Czech center also contributed to the winning goal of Alexander Barabanov with an assist.

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Barabanov made it 2-0 on a power play in the 30th minute, when Hertl deflected Erik Karlsson's shot from the blue and home goalkeeper Charlie Lindgren pushed the puck past the Russian striker. Even before the second intermission, Yevgeny Kuznetsov scored, but the Capitals were unable to convert.

In the third period, the Sharks secured a win with Karlsson and Hertl, who in the 58th minute, when the home team was at risk without a goalkeeper, ran the puck into the offensive zone and scored between two opponents. Hertl scored for the first time since January 11th and scored his 15th of the season.

The star of the match was the productive defender Karlsson, who, thanks to today's balance of 1+2, reached 73 points (18+55) after 54 games. The 32-year-old Swede moved into fifth place in the competition's productivity ahead of David Pastrňák and is on track to become the sixth defenseman in history to break the 100-point mark in a season.

The point streak of Edmonton and its offensive star Connor McDavid ended in Montreal, where the Oilers suffered a 2-6 defeat. McDavid, the most productive player in the competition, did not enter the statistics for the first time in 15 games and his team did not score in exactly a month. The Oilers came to the game on the ice of the second worst team in the Eastern Conference after 11 games, of which they won nine and got a point in two.

Alex Belzile scored the first goal in the NHL at the age of 31 and the first two-goal duel in the Canadiens jersey. Jordan Harris experienced in his career. Goaltender Jake Allen had 29 saves, including seven against four-time scoring champion McDavid.

Jaden Schwartz from Seattle also scored twice, who won 4:3 on the ice of Philadelphia. The Kraken ended its three-game losing streak in a game that lacked shots: its goalie Philipp Grubauer had 15 shots, home Flyers goalkeeper Felix Sandström just two more.


Montreal – Edmonton 6:2 (1:0, 3:2, 2:0)

Goals: 24. and 43. Harris, 9. Belzile, 29. Josh Anderson, 39. Harvey-Pinard, 50. Dvorak – 33. Draisaitl, 35. E. Kane. Shots on goal: 30:31. Spectators: 21,105. Stars of the match: 1. Harris, 2. Allen, 3. Belzile (all Montreal).

Philadelphia – Seattle 3:4 (1:2, 1:1, 1:1)

Philadelphia – Seattle 3:4 (1:2, 1:1, 1:1)

Goals: 3. Tippett, 24. J. Van Riemsdyk, 57. P. Brown – 39. and 42. Schwartz, 13. Eberle, 18. Tolvanen. Shots on goal: 18:21. Spectators: 18,129. Stars of the match: 1. Schwartz, 2. Eberle (both Seattle), 3. Tippett (Philadelphia).

Washington – San Jose 1:4 (0:1, 1:1, 0: 2)

Goals: 37. Kuznetsov – 3. J. Svečnikov, 30. Barabanov (Hertl), 53. E. Karlsson, 58. Hertl. Shots on goal: 21:33. Shots on goal: 1. E. Karlsson, 2. Barabanov (both San Jose), 3. Kuznetsov (Washington).