Ice hockey – Four Swiss amass points in the NHL
Three-point match for Roman Josi, two-point match for Nino Niederreiter, an assist for Pius Suter and Timo Meier: the Helvetii were on fire.
Four Swiss improved their statistics on the night of Monday to Tuesday in the NH championship where ten matches were on display. At Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Roman Josi (31) contributed to the success of the Predators against Minnesota (6-2). After having suffered a brake stroke (two unproductive meetings), the Bernese defender added a goal and two assists to his now rich seasonal production of 84 points in 67 games.
In a duel in which his British Columbian teammate Ryan Johansen scored a hat trick, the Tennessee franchise captain opened the scoring on the power play in the 6th minute.
He then distilled the assists for 3-1 and 4-1. Aligned for 20’06 with the Wild, St. Gallen left winger Kevin Fiala (25) did not score despite eight shots aimed at the cage defended by Finland’s Juuse Saros.
Carolina suffered a disappointment at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, where the Sabers won 4-2. Ray of Swiss sunshine in this darkness: Nino Niederreiter (29) was involved in the two successes of the Hurricanes. The Grison right winger scored his 22nd goal of the 2021-2022 financial year (2-2 in the 45th minute) after being at the origin of the 0-1 awarded to the Swede Jesper Fast.
He thus approached his record of successful goals in 2016-2017 with Minnesota (25). At Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Pius Suter (25) reached the plateau of 30 points in the victory of the Red Wings against Detroit (5-3). The Zurich center player from the Michigan club collected an assist on Czech Filip Zadina’s 3-2.
He has 13 goals and 17 assists in 70 games.
At the SAP Center in San Jose, the Sharks folded in overtime ahead of Edmonton (1-2). Appenzell right winger Timo Meier (25), however, added a 68th point to his seasonal collection. In numerical superiority, he participated in the sequence which led to the opening of the score of the Czech Tomas Hertl.
The round was more bleak for the Valais center Nico Hischier (23) and for the Zurich rear Jonas Siegenthaler (24) faced with the defeat with New Jersey against the New York Rangers at the Prudential Center (1-3).
Stunning game in Florida
As for the comeback of the night, it was concocted by Florida at the FLA Live Arena in Sunrise against Toronto (7-6 ap). Led 1-5 at halftime, the Panthers managed to erase their liabilities before winning in overtime thanks to Jonathan Huberdeau.
Author of two goals and three assists, the Quebec left winger crossed the plateau of 100 points (26 achievements, 76 assists). He is the first player in the history of the Florida team to reach this symbolic mark.
Montreal – Toronto 3-6
San Jose – Edmonton 1-2 aet
Florida – Toronto 7-6 a.m.
New Jersey – NY Rangers 1-3
Philadelphia – Columbus 2-4
Dallas – NY Islanders 3-2