NHL game Ottawa – Chicago, February 17, 2023. From right, Tim Stutzle of the Ottawa Senators, goalkeeper Petr Mrázek of the Chicago Blackhawks and his teammates Seth Jones Max Domi.
New York – Petr Mrázek stopped 28 shots in the NHL on the Ottawa ice and led the Chicago hockey players to a 4:3 victory in overtime. The Czech goalkeeper scored a win for the first time since January 19. Filip Chytil helped the New York Rangers win 5:4 after raids in Edmonton with an assist, but he did not make it in the shootout. On the losing side, Connor McDavid scored two goals and is the first player to score 100 points in a season (42+59). The productivity leader needed 56 games to break the triple-digit mark.
Patrick Kane gave Chicago the lead after only 44 seconds of the game, but Ottawa turned it around to make it 3-1. Shane Pinto equalized with a run and two more goals were scored by the home team early in the third period. Claude Giroux beat Mrázek with a backhand bluff between the concrete and Brady Tkachuk finished off a great play into the empty net.
But Chicago did not give up and turned the game in their favor with quick counterattacks. Sam Lafferty reduced in the 51st minute from a breakaway and Kane crossed at 56:55 from a two-on-one outnumbering. Andreas Athanasiou ended the match from another break. Mrazek thus achieved a win after a month, in the last six starts he only scored a point for the team.
“On the substitution we were positive even at 1:3. We knew things looked bad for us, but we kept pushing. The second goal helped us a lot, it was 2:3 out of nowhere and we knew we had a chance, Kane said of the turnaround, leapfrogging Jeremy Roenick into fourth place on the all-time American player productivity chart. He has 1217 points (441+776).
Ottawa has problems with goalkeepers, both Anton Forsberg and Cam Talbot are injured. So Mads Sögaard got the opportunity. “He can't be blamed for the goals at all. We often lost the puck at the end of the game,” said Tkachuk. “This is the NHL. If you slack off for a second, this can happen,” said Ottawa coach D.J. Smith.
Thanks to McDavid's actions, Edmonton led 3:0 in the 13th minute and 4:1 after the first period. Chris Kreider had two goals in the turnaround for the Rangers, who won their seventh straight. After Chytil won the throw-in, Alexis Lafreniére scored a contact goal at the beginning of the third period, which also decided the raids in the sixth round. Chytil also gained confidence in the shootout, but goalkeeper Jack Campbell stopped his attempt with concrete.
“Even though we were losing 1:4, the score did not match the game. They used two power plays, while our big chances were caught by Campbell, who he was excellent in the first period. We played well, it could easily have been 4-4 after twenty minutes,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said. “But the game wasn't over, we still had two thirds to go and the boys fought,” he added.
26-year-old McDavid reached 100 points for the sixth time in his career, among active players, only Sidney Crosby did the same feat. “I wouldn't even say I'm surprised, I'm more impressed as always. He's the best hockey player in the world,” forward Zach Hyman said of McDavid, who is also the season's top scorer. David Pastrňák from Boston is trailing in second place, losing three shots.
New York Islanders beat Pittsburgh 5:4 despite losing 1:3 and 2:4 in the 39th minute . Brock Nelson and Anders Lee both contributed to the win with two goals and one assist. The match was decided by Zach Parise in 57:17 and he stylishly decorated his 1200th duel in the NHL.
Anaheim lost at home to Los Angeles 3:6. On the losing side, Lukáš Dostál watched the match from the substitutes' bench, who messed up his numbers with seven conceded goals in the last start. Kings scored half of the goals on the power play, Viktor Arvidsson scored twice.
NY Islanders – Pittsburgh 5:4 (1:1, 2:3, 2:0 )
Goals: 14th and 40th Lee, 35th and 46th Nelson, 58th Parise – 24th and 39th Rakell, 12th Crosby, 26th Zucker. Shots on goal: 28:44. Spectators: 17,255. Stars of the match: 1. Nelson, 2. Lee, 3. Parise (all NY Islanders).
Ottawa – Chicago 3:4 in extra time (0:1, 1:0, 2:2 – 0:1)
Goals: 28. Pinto, 43. Giroux, 45. B. Tkachuk – 1. and 57. P. Kane, 51 .Lafferty, 63. Athanasiou. Shots on goal: 31:32. Petr Mrázek caught the entire game for Chicago, conceding three goals from 31 shots and had a success rate of 90.3 percent. Spectators: 19,125. Stars of the match: 1. P. Kane (Chicago), 2. Stützle, 3. B. Tkachuk (both Ottawa).
Minnesota – Dallas 2:1 after sam. raids (0:0, 0:0, 1:1 – 0:0)
Goals: 47. Zuccarello, decider himself. raid Boldy – 51. Jamie Benn. Shots on goal: 32:30. Spectators: 19,239. Stars of the match: 1. Gustavsson, 2. Boldy (both Minnesota), 3. Oettinger (Dallas).
Anaheim – Los Angeles 3:6 (0:1, 1:2, 2:3)
Goals: 26. Shattenkirk, 43. McTavish, 54. Vatrano – 33. and 56 Arvidsson, 15. Lizotte, 38. Kempe, 50. Kopitar, 59. Fiala. Shots on goal: 27:41. Spectators: 17,272. Stars of the match: 1. Kopitar (Los Angeles), 2. McTavish (Anaheim), 3. Fiala (Los Angeles).
Edmonton – NY Rangers 4:5 after sam. raids (4:1, 0:1, 0:2 – 0:0)
Goals: 8. Nugent-Hopkins, 13. Barrie, 13. Ryan, 19. Draisaitl – 14. and 27. Kreider, 42nd and decisive himself. raid Lafreniére (on the first Caught), 54. Zibanejad. Shots on goal: 29:38. Spectators: 18,347. Stars of the match: 1. McDavid (Edmonton), 2. Kreider (NY Rangers), 3. Nugent-Hopkins (Edmonton).
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