St. Louis Blues 4-1 Dallas Stars
Vladimir Tarasenko, n (St. Louis): 14:14, 2 (2 + 0), plus -1, 4 shots, 3 hits, 1 block
Tarasenko became the second star of the match after Blues goalkeeper Charlie Lindgren. At the end of the second period, he scored 2-0 with assists from his Russian teammates in the top three, and at the end of the third period he scored the most important goal in the power-play, making the score 3-1 and stopping the Stars’ attempts to recoup. After a 10-match goalless streak, Tarasenko scored four goals in six games and looks confident again.
Ivan Barbashev, n (St. Louis): 17:29, 2 (1 + 1), plus -1, 4 shots, 1 hit, 2 blocks
Barbashev continues the best season of his career. He helped score Tarasenko and put an end to the match, hitting an empty net. The goal was his 11th of the season, with whom he shares first place in the Blues with Tarasenko, Buchnevich and Brandon Saad. This was Barbashev’s 300th game in the NHL, and we congratulate him on this. True, today’s five losses do not paint him at all.
Pavel Buchnevich, n (St. Louis): 16:47, 2 (0 + 2), plus-1, 2 shots, 2 hits
Buchnevich assisted Tarasenko with two goals and could have scored himself, but in the second period he did not realize the free throw after Radulov’s violation. Moreover, Pavel had a unique chance to score a free throw in the minority, but the duel remained with Braden Holtby. In general, Buchnevich played smartly, made five (!) Interceptions and deservedly became the third star of the match.
Alexey Toropchenko, n (St. Louis): 11:27, 0 points, 2 shots, 5 hits
He worked well in the fourth link, having received a solid playing time. With five power moves, he took second place in the team.
Alexander Radulov, n (Dallas): 20:13, 0 points, minus-2, 2 shots, 1 hit
Radulov can’t really get started. He seems to be trying, but over and over again it does not lead to a result. He has no points in the last four matches, goals – in 19.
Denis Guryanov, n (Dallas): 10:03, 0 points, 3 shots
Today Guryanov was one of the stars’ brightest players. He shot on goal, created chances, earned a penalty in the first period. However, his playing time was again extremely low.
Winnipeg Jets – Washington Capitals – 2: 5
Alexander Ovechkin, n (Washington): 20:30, 1 (1 + 0), plus -1, 8 shots
Ovechkin extended his streak to seven games, hitting an empty net at the last minute. With 22 goals this season, the Washington captain is second in the league, one shot behind only Leon Dreiseitl. And with 47 points, he shares first place with Connor McDavid.
Only one player in Washington history has scored more than 47 points in the first 30 games of the season – this was done by Denis Maruk (48) in the 1981-82 season. And only one player in NHL history has scored more at age 36 or older: Mario Lemieux in the 2002-03 season (55).
The goal was for Ovechkin the 752nd in his career. Jaromir Jagr is only 14 of the best snipers in the history of Jaromir Jagr, who is third in the race.
Dmitry Orlov, z (“Washington”): 22:11, 0 points, plus-1, 1 throw, 1 hit, 2 blocks
He won a personal match with a score of 1: 0, although the game turned out to be difficult for Orlov. When playing “five on five” Dmitry lost 15-23 in shooting activity, and 4-6 in scoring chances. He was left without points for the seventh game in a row.
Evgeny Svechnikov, n (Winnipeg): 9:10, 0 points, 2 shots, 1 hit
Svechnikov returned to the second three to Kyle Connor and Pierre-Luc Dubois, but was unable to complete the meeting due to an unknown injury. He spent his last shift in the middle of the third period.
Evgeny Kuznetsov, s (Washington): did not play
Kuznetsov is on the covid list. He missed the second match in a row.
Ilya Samsonov, in (“Washington”): did not play
Vitek Vanechek played at the capitals’ goal, reflecting 40 shots out of 42.
New York Rangers 2-3 Vegas Golden Knights
Alexander Georgiev (Rangers): 64:58, 28/30 saves, SV% = 93.3%
Georgiev made his 100th start in the NHL, becoming only the 15th goalkeeper in Rangers history to accomplish this. But he failed to please himself, although he played with dignity. In the shootout, Vegas striker Jonathan Marchesso made the only attempt.
Evgeny Dadonov, n (Vegas): 14:45, 0 points, 1 block
In the third match in a row, he never threw on goal and was left without points. In the second round of the shootout, he could not beat Georgiev.
Artemy Panarin, n (Rangers): did not play
Panarin suffered a lower body injury in the match with “Arizona”, his status is “from day to day”.
Chicago Blackhawks – Nashville Predators – 2: 3 OT
Jacob Trenin, n (Nashville): 16:13, 0 points, 5 hits
After goals in two matches in a row, he was left without points in the next three games. But Trenin does not slow down and contributes with power play. Moreover, today he also spent almost two minutes in the majority and almost four in the minority.
Anaheim Ducks – Arizona Coyotes – 5: 6 OT
Ilya Lyubushkin, s (“Arizona”): 20:38, 1 (0 + 1), minus-1, 1 shot, 3 hits
It was, to put it mildly, an intense match. In the first period alone, the teams scored five goals and then did not slow down. Lyubushkin lost a personal match 1: 3, and the fourth Dax puck flew into the Coyotes goal with a ricochet from the stick of the Russian defender. But he took part in one of the scoring combinations “Arizona” and for the first time in the NHL scored points in two games in a row.