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After beating the Ottawa Senators 4-0, the Florida Panthers won the main round for the first time and were awarded the Presidents Trophy. With 122 points and just one game left, they are no longer catching up with second-place Colorado Avalanche (119 points). On the Senators side, national player Tim Stützle recorded two shots on goal in just over 19 minutes and had a plus-minus value of -2.
Despite a temporary 3-1 lead after the first period, Nico Sturm and the Colorado Avalanche ended up losing 4-5 after a penalty shoot-out against the Nashville Predators. In almost eleven minutes of ice time, Sturm scored two shots on goal and two checks.
The Edmonton Oilers confirmed their good form (six wins from the last seven games) in a 5-4 win after overtime against the San Jose Sharks. The Canadians didn’t let themselves be disturbed by being behind three times. Young Oilers defenseman Philip Broberg (20) equalized with his first NHL goal in the 52nd minute to make it 4-4, paving the way for Edmonton into overtime, where Zach Hyman crowned the comeback with his 27th goal of the season. Leon Draisaitl was involved with an assist to make it 2-2 and thus equaled his personal best from the 2019-20 season with 110 points (55 goals, 55 assists). In the coming night, the 26-year-old from Cologne still has the opportunity to set a new personal best in the last preliminary round game. In the first round of the playoffs, the Oilers meet the Los Angeles Kings, coached by assistant coach Marco Sturm.
Until the end, there is still tension in the fight for the playoff placements, as so far only the two series Minnesota Wild against St. Louis Blues and Edmonton Oilers against Los Angeles are certain. On the other hand, it has been clear since Wednesday that the Vegas Golden Knights, spoiled by success, will miss the playoffs for the first time in their young franchise history.
Carolina Hurricanes goalie duo Frederik Andersen and Antti Raanta receive the William M. Jennings Trophy for conceding the fewest goals in the league at 202.
The results of Thursday, April 28th, 2022 at a glance:
New York Islanders – Washington Capitals 5:1
Boston Bruins – Buffalo Sabres 5:0
Ottawa Senators – Florida Panthers 0:4
Carolina Hurricanes – New Jersey Devils 6:3
Columbus Blue Jackets – Tampa Bay Lightning 5:2
Minnesota Wild – Calgary Flames 3: 2 nV
Colorado Avalanche – Nashville Predators 4:5 n.P.
Edmonton Oilers – San Jose Sharks 5:4 n.V.
Vancouver Canucks – Los Angeles Kings 3:2 n.V.