News – NHL: little motivation in the last games

NHL, results of 12.05.2021 :

Montreal – Edmonton : 3 – 4 ap (2-2 0-1 1-0)

Ottawa – Toronto: 4 – 3 a (1-0 2-2 0-1)

San José – Las Vegas : 0 – 6 (0-2 0-2 0-2)

Colorado – Los Angeles: 6 – 0 (3-0 3-0 0-0)

St. Louis – Minnesota: 4 – 0 (2-0 2-0 0-0)

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In NHL, the games of the night had no other stakes than accounting, the participants in the playoffs being already designated. Thus, in their last game of the season, the Senators beat the leader of the North section, the Maple Leafs. So, Josh norris scored in the 9th second of overtime, leaving Ottawa to conclude their regular season with a 4-3 victory. In this part, Auston matthews also notched his 41st goal of the season, as John Tavares recorded his 200th game for Toronto. The Maple Leafs will play their final game of the season on Friday against the Jets in Winnipeg, before starting their first-round series against the Montreal Canadiens next week.

In San José, Marc-André Fleury He only had to turn back 19 shots to sign his 6th shutout of the season, his 67th since playing in the NHL, so Las Vegas took the opportunity to easily defeat the San Jose Sharks 6-0. Conversely and for his 1st start of the year, his opposite Alexei Melnichuk was bombarded with 44 throws in front of the goal of the Sharks, who were deprived of the services of their captain Logan Couture, injured in the lower body. . For his part, Timo Meier did not influence the fate of the Sharks: he skated only 12’01, only shot once and came off the ice with a record of -2. No doubt he already has his head in Riga. Note that Las Vegas has won all of its games played against San José and has now completed its regular season. On the other hand, the Arizona franchise is not sure of finishing in 1st place in its section, as the Avalanche have yet to play once again.

The Minnesota Wild, guaranteed to finish 3rd in the Western section, was shut out 4-0 by St. Louis, also guaranteed to be in the playoffs. The veteran David Perron led the Blues’ offense with one goal and two assists and their goaltender, Finland’s Ville Husso, was credited with his first shutout of his career. Committed, the Swiss Kevin Fiala did not seem to be more motivated than his teammates: he skated for 15’26 for a differential of -1, this before knowing his opponent in the playoffs, who will be either Las Vegas or Colorado .

Montreal ended its regular season with a 5th straight loss in a game with no real stakes. For statistics, we note that the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 in overtime. While Montreal spared some of its players, including Tyler Toffoli, Josh Anderson, Eric Staal, Jeff Petry, Joel Edmundson and goalkeeper Jake Allen, the only glimmer came from the youngster. Cole caufield (20) who scored a 4th goal in 10 games, the only ones he has played so far in the NHL.

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