News – NHL: Important victories for Montreal and Boston

NHL, results of 16.04.2021 :

Montreal – Calgary: 2 – 1 (0-0 1-0 1-1)

Boston – NY Islanders: 3 – 0 (1-0 1-0 1-0)

Minnesota – San José: 3 – 2 (1-1 2-0 0-1)

Anaheim – Las Vegas : 0 – 4 (0-0 0-3 0-1)

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Montreal’s 2-1 snatch victory over the Calgary Flames, the only rival who challenged his place in the playoffs. Because the Canadian realized, after his defeat the day before, that Calgary was seriously pointing the tip of his nose and could get them out of the playoffs. This extremely important success bears the mark of Tyler toffoli, who obtained these two welcome goals for the Montrealers: the 28-year-old striker had experienced a six-game « air gap » without scoring … Methodical and relentless, the Flames had started the game in the same way as when they had won their last four games against the Habs, playing a good fore-checking, but they did not manage to get the 1st goal so important in this kind of confrontation. And two defensive errors would precipitate their loss. In doing so, they find themselves again six points from 4th place.

2nd victory in two nights for the Bruins at the expense of the NY Islanders. This success allows Boston to leave the NY Rangers, who are their main rivals for the last place giving access to the playoffs, to three points. In the aftermath of a 4-1 victory over the same Islanders, the Bruins were once again effective in defense and their goaltender Jeremy swayman blocked 25 shots -1st shutout- to secure the full backs. Because in 50  » of play, David Pastrnak, then Taylor hall -2nd goal in two nights since his transfer- led the Bruins to success. Curtis Lazar completed the score by scoring into an empty goal. The two teams are due to face each other one last time on May 10 in Boston. Note that the formation of New York has lost three of its last four games.

Important victory for Minnesota by Kevin Fiala over the Sharks by Timo Meier, which means Minnesota is comfortably installed in 3rd place, 11 points ahead of St. Louis. But this match was especially important for the Californian franchise which would have had, in the event of victory, the opportunity to come back to two points of the 4th place. Nick Bonino, Zach Parise and Mats Zuccarello led the Wild’s attack. Note that Patrick Marleau played his 1766th regular season game and approached a game of the participation record held by Gordie Howe since April 1980. It was not enough, as the Sharks have lost five of their last six met. Finally, the two Swiss entered did not particularly shine in this meeting.

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