NHL match New Jersey – Carolina, March 13, 2023. Home goalkeeper Vítek Vaněček.
New York – Vítek Vaněček stopped all 32 Carolina shots in the NHL, led the New Jersey hockey players to a 3-0 win and scored his third shutout of the season. In his debut, Jiří Patera conceded the first goal of the competition from Jakub Vrány, but had a successful debut and helped Vegas make thirty saves in a 5-3 victory in St. Louis. Karel Vejmelka also picked up the win, and thanks to his thirty hits, Arizona defeated Minnesota 5:4 in overtime at home.
Boston took a breather in Detroit at 0-4 for a strong finish, but ended up losing 3-5. A goal and an assist by David Pastrňák, who was named the third star of the game, or two assists by Pavel Zacha were not enough for the NHL leaders to score points.
New Jersey scored all three goals in the opening 25 minutes. The score was opened by Jack Hughes, after whose assists, Jesper Bratt scored twice in the next period. Both goal scorers were announced as the first two stars of the match, and Vaněček became the third.
The Czech goalkeeper made several excellent saves. At 0:0, he caught Stefan Noesen's chance in a two-on-one conversion. Just before the second shot, Sebastian Aho did not beat him from the edge of the goal area. Vaněček had the most work in the second period, in which he faced fourteen shots. He wasted Ah's biggest chance when he made a save against a shot from close range. In the 50th minute, even Jesper Fast from another break did not take the zero from him.
Vrána equalized in the 14th minute in a power play at 1:1 when he received a pass in front of the goal from the back guard and beat Patera over the rebound. The Czech debutant scored the next two goals at 1:3 at the turn of the second and third periods: Jordan Kyrou reduced the score with an unprepared shot into the open goal and Tyler Pitlick leveled the score at 3:3.
Pater's winning debut was provided by Pavel Dorofeyev, who scored the first goal in the NHL in a curious way, when the puck bounced off his helmet and into the goal. In the end, Alex Pietrangelo secured the win at the risk of St. Louis without a goalkeeper.
Arizona led 1-0 and 2-1, but Minnesota beat Vejmelka three times between the 19th and 35th minutes to make it 4-2. The Coyotes pulled one back in the second period with a Brett Ritchie hit, and Clayton Keller completed the turnaround with two hits. Barrett Hayton (2+2) also had the lion's share of the win.
Boston beat Detroit 3:2 on Saturday, officially secured their place in the playoffs and reached 50 wins in the season after only 64 games. which no team in NHL history has ever accomplished. The Bruins achieved a record win after turning around from 0-2, but today they let the opponent run away with a difference of four goals and could not make up the loss despite a lot of pressure.
The match seemed practically decided in the 36th minute, when visiting Adam Erne made it 4-0 for Detroit. Less than two minutes later, Matt Grzelcyk scored the goal of hope for the home team, assisted by Pastrňák and Zacha. In the 44th minute, Jake DeBrusk made it 2-4, and in the 47th minute, shortly after visiting Dylan Larkin hit the post in a solo escape, Pastrňák shot past Ville Huss and brought Boston within a single goal.
The Czech gunner scored his 46th goal of the season after Zach's assist and made up for his mistake with the second conceded goal in the 27th minute, when Moritz Seider robbed him of the puck in the attacking blue and scored in a weakened position.
The best team of the opponent's competition in the third period, he outshot 13:7, but did not equalize. Less than half a minute before the siren, in a game without a goalkeeper, Andrew Copp scored into an empty net.
Detroit – Boston 5:3 (1:0, 3:1, 1 :2)
Goals: 13. Chiasson, 27. Seider, 31. Larkin, 36. Erne, 60. Copp – 37. Grzelcyk (Pastrňák, Zacha), 44. DeBrusk,47. Pastrňák (Zacha). Shots on goal: 26:34. Spectators: 19,515. Stars of the match: 1. Larkin, 2. Seider (both Detroit), 3. Pastrňák (Boston).
Other results: Pittsburgh – NY Rangers 3:2 in overtime, Tampa Bay – Winnipeg 2:3, Anaheim – Nashville 4:5 in overtime, St. Louis – Vegas 3:5, Arizona – Minnesota 5:4 in overtime, Calgary – Ottawa 5:1, New Jersey – Carolina 3:0.