< /p> NHL game Arizona – Carolina, March 3, 2023. From left, goalkeeper Karel Vejmelka from the Arizona Coyotes and Seth Jarvis from the Carolina Hurricanes.
New York – Forward Martin Nečas participated in the NHL with a goal and two assists in the Carolina hockey players' 6:1 win in Arizona and became the third star of the match. On the losing side, Karel Vejmelka conceded six times from 42 shots. David Rittich started in Edmonton in Winnipeg's goal from 0-4 in the third period and allowed two goals on nine shots in a 3-6 loss.
Nečas scored all three points on power plays in which Carolina jumped from 3-1 to 6-1 between the 33rd and 42nd minutes. After his passes, Shayne Gostisbehere and Sebastian Aho made their way from the left circle and from the opposite side. The Czech striker beat Vejmelka with an unprepared shot over the catcher and improved his season high to 25 goals and 31 assists. Only Aho (2+1) and Brent Burns (0+4) surpassed him in the Man of the Match award.
“We used three out of four power plays, that was key. We definitely broke their resistance,” Nečase was pleased. On the ice, he was visibly very happy with the goal that Gostisbehere scored after his pass. The offensive back arrived from Arizona two days ago and decorated the first game in the new jersey with a hit against his former club. “I'm not going to lie, it was weird. But the new teammates accepted me amazingly. Every substitution I asked what and how and they helped me a lot. They were great,” said Gostisbehere.
Vejmelka, whose name was often mentioned with a possible exchange before Friday's transfer deadline, conceded at least six goals for the sixth time this season. On the first goal, Arizona's defense forgot about Paul Stastny, who finished into an empty net. Aho succeeded in escaping in the ninth minute and at the beginning of the middle part, Jaccob Slavin made it 3:0 with a cannonball from behind the right circle. Lawson Crouse scored the honor for the home team.
Arizona's performance was also affected by movements in the player market, it lost five hockey players from the basic lineup. “It's been a tough week, I've lost a lot of good friends,” Crouse said. “The changes were also reflected in the composition of the lineup, it was a difficult match against a quality opponent. We all have to find a way to give our best in the remaining twenty matches,” he added.
Connor McDavid could tie the 100-year NHL record if he scores at least two goals for the sixth straight time. Edmonton's leader didn't score well, but he scored three assists and already has 121 points (52+69) from 63 games. He was represented in goal shooting by teammates Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2+2), Kailer Yamamoto (2+1) and Leon Draisaitl (2+1).
Rittich scored after only two and a half minutes of being in the goal , after a textbook interplay with Draisaitl and McDavid, he was surpassed by Nugent-Hopkins. On a 6-1 goal, Draisaitl hit from the right circle right between the shoulder, helmet and stick. The Jets lost their fifth straight and fell to the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The Vegas hockey players moved to the top of the Western Conference, defeating New Jersey 4:3 after raids. The main architect of success was goalkeeper Adin Hill, who made 47 saves and caught all four of the opponent's attempts in the shootout. Jonathan Marchessault (2+1) had a hand in all three goals for the winners in the regular season, defender Shea Theodore decided the shootout.
Form was confirmed by New Jersey forward Dawson Mercer, who scored in the eighth game in a row and equaled Paul Gardner's club record from 1977. Ondřej Palát checked Hill with one shot and did not interfere in the runs. His teammate Vítek Vaněček, who was replaced last time after five goals, did not catch this time.
Columbus – Seattle 2:4 (0:0, 1:2, 1:2 )
Goals: 31. Laine, 45. A. Boqvist – 34. McCann, 35. Eberle, 48. Wennberg, 60. B. Tanev. Shots on goal: 23:35. Spectators: 18,712. Stars of the match: 1. Wennberg (Seattle), 2. A. Boqvist (Columbus), 3. McCann (Seattle).
Edmonton – Winnipeg 6:3 (1:0, 3:0, 2:3)
Goals: 3rd and 48th Draisaitl, 22nd and 43rd Nugent-Hopkins, 30th and 30th Yamamoto – 47th Jonsson-Fjälby, 52nd Scheifele, 53rd Dillon. Shots on goal: 33:28. David Rittich captured the third period for Winnipeg, conceding two goals from nine shots and had a 77.78 percent hit rate. Spectators: 18,347. Stars of the match: 1. Nugent-Hopkins, 2. Yamamoto, 3. Draisaitl (all Edmonton).
Arizona – Carolina 1:6 (0:2, 1:3, 0:1)
Goals : 31. Crouse – 9. and 35. Aho (on the second Nečas), 3. Stastny, 26. Slavin, 33. Gostisbehere (Nečas), 42. Weather. Shots on goal: 18:42. Karel Vejmelka caught the entire match for Arizona, conceding six goals from 42 shots and had a success rate of 85.7 percent. Spectators: 4600. Stars of the match: 1. Aho, 2. Burns, 3. Time out (all Carolina).
Anaheim – Montreal 3:2 (1:1, 0:0, 2:1)
Goals: 5. Megna, 52. McTavish, 55. Silfverberg – 2. Drouin, 60. Suzuki. Shots on goal: 33:28. Spectators: 14,391. Stars of the match: 1. McTavish, 2. Grant, 3. Silfverberg (all Anaheim).
Vegas – New Jersey 4-3 after sam. raids (1:2, 1:0, 1:1 – 0:0)
Goals: 8th and 33rd Marchessault, 44th Eichel, decisive sam. raid Theodore – 16. Bratt, 20. Mercer, 53. Wood. Shots on goal: 28:50. Spectators: 18,033. Stars of the match: 1. Hill, 2. Marchessault, 3. Eichel (all Vegas).
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