Leon Draisatl led Edmonton to victory, a new defeat for the Panthers

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Leon Draisatl led Edmonton to victory, a new defeat for the Panthers

On the night between Thursday and Friday, 13 NHL championship matches were played. The leader of the West, the Edmonton team, defeated the Boston Bruins as a guest with 5: 3, while the leading team of the East, the Florida Panthers, suffered the third consecutive defeat, this time after the penalty kicks in the match with Pittsburgh.

With two goals from Leon Draisaitl in the last third (12 goals in the season), Edmonton defeated home Boston in TD Garden and came to the tenth victory after only 12 matches played. The match began with the memory of Colby Cave, a former player of both clubs, who died in April 2020 after a colloid cyst on his brain.

He was 25 years old. His wife Emily, who ceremoniously threw the puck to start the match, was pictured in the arms of the captains of both teams, Patrice Bergeron and Connor McDavid, who promised to help the family on behalf of both clubs.

Florida suffered its third defeat in the new season in just four days. The leader of the East fell in the match against Pittsburgh, after taking penalty kicks - 2: 3. Veteran Jeff Carter scored the decisive goal in the "penalty series".

Anaheim struggled against Seattle and only thanks to a good game in the end, when they scored two goals on an empty net, did they reach the victory with the result 7: 4. "Wild Ducks" thus recorded the eighth victory in the new season, the sixth in a row.

Troy Terry continued his scoring streak now in 13 consecutive matches, and against the Kraken, he scored two goals and added one assist.

Other results

Despite the great game of Anaheim, the other team from California, the Los Angeles Kings, are currently playing in the best form.

They also recorded their seventh consecutive victory against Ottawa. At the end of the match in the "Canadian Tire Center", it was 2: 0 for the guests. The Kings took advantage of the fact that Ottawa had nine players in the COVID protocol at this match.

Anze Kopitar and Andreas Atanasiu scored goals in this match, and Jonathan Quick had 34 saves for his 55th "shutout". Washington's goalkeeper, Zachary Fucale (26), recorded a "shutout" in his team's victory over the Detroit Red Wings - 2: 0.

Fucale, who has played for nine different lower league teams in the ECHL and AHL since 2015/16, made his NHL debut eight years after being drafted by the Montreal team. In the presence of his parents, he became the first goalkeeper in the history of the Capitals, and only the tenth in the NHL in the last 25 years, who remained undefeated in his first match. He registered 21 saves against the young Red Wings.