NHL playoff round 1 game Dallas – Minnesota, April 25, 2023. The injured Radek Faksa from Dallas is lying on the ice, his teammates Miro Heiskanen, Joel Kiviranta and Luke Glendening are standing on the left.
New York – The New York Islanders won 3:2 on the ice of Carolina and reduced the series of the opening round of the NHL playoffs to 2:3. With the goal difference, Martin Nečas lost the puck on the offensive blue line. Dallas overcame a five-minute suspension for a tackle on Radek Faksa with one goal to beat Minnesota 4-0 and take a 3-2 series lead. The Czech attacker needed treatment, but finished the match. Edmonton beat Los Angeles 6-3 and leads the series 3-2.
Pierre Engvall and Brock Nelson led the Islanders to a 2-0 lead. Both attackers scored a goal and an assist. Stefan Noesen's goal at 1-1 due to offside was called off by referees for Carolina. It wasn't until the 34th minute that the home team rejoiced at a regulation goal, when Paul Stastny scored. At the end of the second period, however, Mathew Barzal stole the puck from Nečas and made it two to one.
More active Carolina she only dramatized the match by hitting Sebastian Ah in the 51st minute. Ilya Sorokin did not allow more, who stopped 34 shots.
At the beginning of the game, Faksa pulled the puck out of the air onto the ice with his gloves in the defensive zone, and Marcus Foligno hit it with a knee to the knee. The Czech forward went to the hospital with help, but he returned to the game in the opening third. The referees suspended Foligno for five minutes and until the end of the match. Tyler Seguin opened the scoring on the power play.
Dallas took advantage of another numerical advantage in the 12th minute with Jason Robertson's strike, and early in the middle period, Mason Marchment added from the post. Ty Dellandrea scored the goal late in Minnesota's goalless game. Jake Oettinger, who blocked 27 shots, was named the first star of the match. The home team's three goals were prepared by Roope Hintz, who leads the productivity of this year's play off with 11 points (4+7).
< p>The best scorer of the elimination part is Leon Draisaitl, who gave Edmonton a 2-0 lead with his sixth hit in the playoffs. The Canadian club won the first period 3:2 and definitively broke the match in their favor between the 32nd and 45th minutes, when they jumped to 6:2 thanks to two goals by Nick Bjugstad.
1. NHL playoff round:
Eastern Conference – 5th game:
Carolina – NY Islanders 2:3 (0:1, 1:2, 1:0)
Goals: 34. Stastny, 51. Aho – 11. Engvall, 24. Nelson, 39. Barzal. Shots on goal: 36:22. Spectators: 18,680. Stars of the game: 1. Engvall, 2. Nelson (both NY Islanders), 3. Aho (Carolina). Series status: 3:2.
Western Conference – 5th games:
Dallas – Minnesota 4:0 (2:0, 1:0, 1:0)
Goals: 3. Seguin, 12. Robertson, 22. Marchment, 57. Dellandrea. Shots on goal: 25:27. Spectators: 18,532. Stars of the game: 1. Oettinger, 2. Seguin, 3. Hintz (all Dallas). Series status: 3:2.
Edmonton – Los Angeles 6:3 (3:2, 2:0, 1:1)
Goals: 32nd and 45th Bjugstad, 9. E. Kane, 11. Draisaitl, 15. Kulak, 36. Hyman – 14. Iafallo, 18. Kempe, 47. Byfield. Shots on goal: 27:28. Spectators: 18,347. Stars of the match: 1. Nurse, 2. Bjugstad, 3. Hyman (all Edmonton). Series status: 3:2.