Out St. Louis, defending champion, and also Ovechkin. The playoffs in the bubble, or rather, the bubbles, given that it is played in Toronto and Edmonton, Canada, continue to make famous victims.
NHL playoffs: winners and losers
The Blues were in fact eliminated in the first round by Vancouver, the only Canadian left in the running for the final victory.
Washington was instead eliminated by the New York Islanders. Boston, Philadelphia, Vegas, Colorado and Dallas also remain in the running for the final victory. What happened in the NHL lasts weeks The NHL playoffs are likely to continue with no Swiss present.
During the night both Nino Niederreiter and Dean Kukan were defeated, whose respective teams suffered the break and are now 3-1 down in the series. The Hurricanes of the Grisons striker (who came off the ice without points and with a balance of -2), leading 2-0 up to 48 ', collapsed in the third period, conceding four goals in 6'52" of play and losing the important challenge against the Boston Bruins for 4-3.
Even the Zurich defender and his Blue Jackets, always without Elvis Merzlikins in goal, are at serious risk of elimination: Columbus was in fact defeated in game-4 against the Tampa Bay Lightning for 2-1. Jonas Siegenthaler (Washington Capitals) and Philipp Kurashev (Chicago Blackhawks), the only other Swiss still in play, are also on the verge of greeting the playoffs with their teams.
There are also the Columbus Blue Jackets of the Swiss star Dean Kukan among the teams that will compete in the round of 16 of the NHL playoffs. The Ohio team validated their next round by winning the decisive game-5 against the Toronto Maple Leafs with a score of 3-0.
Kukan remained on the ice for ten and a half minutes, while Malgin (facing Toronto) did not play. In the round of 16, Kukan and his teammates will be opposed to the Tampa Bay Lightning, who qualified directly for the first main round of the playoffs by virtue of their second place first in the Eastern Conference before the stop due to the pandemic.
National Hockey League also resumed its course with the Chicago Blackhawks' 6-4 victory over the Edmonton Oilers in the first game of five to qualify for the playoffs. The star of the match held in the Edmonton bubble was the Czech Dominik Kubalik, who with 2 goals and three assists dragged the guests to victory, who were good at closing the slope in the first half of the game and resisting the opposing comeback in the third final.
In addition to the Czech, Strome, Toews and Saad also scored. In the Toronto bubble, the Carolina Hurricans of Niederreiter won, with a 3-2 they overtook the New York Rangers. The Swiss player (15'19 ", +/- 0) scored an assist, while the winners' goals were signed by Slavin in the first period, by Aho in the central part and by Necas in the last third.