Detroit-Calgary NHL hockey game, Feb. 9, 2023. Detroit's Filip Zadina (front) receives congratulations from his teammates on his goal.
New York – Filip Zadina jumped into an NHL game after four years and scored the first goal of the season in the 46th minute in a 2:1 victory for the Detroit hockey players over Calgary. The Czech forward beat compatriot Daniel Vladař, with whom the Flames did not score in goal for the first time since November 26. Ondřej Palát set up two goals for New Jersey, which defeated Seattle 3:1.
Zadina has been out for Detroit since Nov. 5 when he broke his leg while blocking a shot against the New York Islanders. In the lineup, in which Dominik Kubalík was missing, he took a place in the fourth formation and played less than nine minutes. Even so, he became the first star of the match when he exchanged the puck with Oskar Sundqvist in a two-on-one renumbering and finished the whole action into an open goal.
Calgary outshot Detroit 36-17 and put their activity to good use in the 39th minute with a leadoff goal by Blake Coleman. Even before going to the cabins, however, Dylan Larkin equalized, who got behind the defense and beat Vladař with a shot over the catcher. The Czech goalkeeper caught 15 shots in the match and lost the opportunity to set a club record for the number of consecutive matches in which he led the team to at least a point. His streak ended at number thirteen.
New Jersey trailed starting in the 35th minute with Adam Larsson's layup from the blue line, but tied the score in 24 seconds. Palat passed in a power play from the right side to Dougie Hamilton, who made a cannonball from behind the circle. Both repeated their cooperation in the 50th minute in another numerical advantage and the goal was scored in a similar manner. John Marino sealed the win with Seattle playing without a goaltender. MacKenzie Blackwood, who caught 33 shots, was declared the best player of the match. Vítek Vaněček covered his back.
Florida beat San Jose 4-1 on their ice. The home team was losing from the sixth minute with a goal from Alexander Barabanov, but in the middle part they turned the game around with two goals from Sam Reinhart. Eric Staal secured the win with two shots into an empty net. Visiting striker Tomáš Hertl was on the ice for all four conceded goals. In the winner's jersey, Radko Gudas scored seven hits, the most of any player in the match.
Statistics of Thursday's NHL games:
Detroit – Calgary 2:1 (0:0, 1:1 , 1:0)
Goals: 40. Larkin, 46. Zadina – 39. Coleman. Shots on goal: 17:36. Daniel Vladařhe caught 58:50 minutes for Calgary, conceded two goals from 17 shots and had a success rate of 88.2 percent. Spectators: 19,515. Stars of the match: 1. Zadina, 2. Husso, 3. Larkin (all Detroit).
Florida – San Jose 4:1 (0:1, 2:0, 2:0)
< p>Goals: 25th and 40th Reinhart, 59th and 59th E. Staal – 6th Barabanov. Shots on goal: 42:34. Spectators: 15,183. Stars of the match: 1. Reinhart, 2. Bobrovsky, 3. E. Staal (all Florida).
New Jersey – Seattle 3:1 (0:0, 1:1, 2:0)
Goals: 35th and 50th Hamilton (on both Palat), 59th. Marino – 35. A. Larsson. Shots on goal: 27:34. Spectators: 15,697. Stars of the match: 1. Blackwood, 2. Hamilton, 3. Palat (all New Jersey).
Philadelphia – Edmonton 2:1 Mon. raids (1:0, 0:1, 0:0 – 0:0)
Goals: 8. Hayes, decisive sam. raid J. van Riemsdyk – 22. E. Kane. Shots on goal: 36:35. Spectators: 18,851. Stars of the match: 1. J. van Riemsdyk, 2. Hart, 3. Hayes (all Philadelphia).
Tampa Bay – Colorado 5:0 (1:0, 3:0, 1:0)
Goals: 29th and 39th Hagel, 16th Perry, 31st Point, 46th Sergachev. Shots on goal: 32:30. Spectators: 19,092. Stars of the match: 1. Vasilevsky, 2. Hagel, 3. Cirelli (all Tampa Bay).
NY Islanders – Vancouver 5:6 (2:2, 2:1, 1:3)
Goals: 12. Palmieri, 15. Nelson, 23. Barzal, 36. Horvat, 60. Dobson – 45. and 48. E. Pettersson, 12. Ekman-Larsson, 13. Boeser, 37. Aman, 57. Beauvillier. Shots on goal: 29:34. Spectators: 17,255. Stars of the match: 1. E. Pettersson, 2. Boeser (both Vancouver), 3. Barzal (NY Islanders).
Minnesota – Vegas 1:5 (0:1, 1:4, 0:0)
Goals: 25. Kaprizov – 8. Roy, 23. Pietrangelo, 31. Cotter, 33. R. Smith, 34. Eichel. Shots on goal: 28:31. Spectators: 18,797. Stars of the match: 1. Eichel, 2. Pietrangelo, 3. L. Thompson (all Vegas).
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