Nashville (USA), January 17, LETA – AP. Columbia’s “Blue Jackets” Latvian goalkeeper Elvis Merzlikins lost on Saturday in his first match of the National Hockey League (NHL) season.
The “Blue Jackets” identified a 2: 5 (1: 1, 0: 0, 1: 4) match in the middle division for Nashville’s “Predators” superiority, also failing in the second match of the season.
In the eighth minute, the guests were led by Nick Folinjo, who kicked the puck into the opponent’s fortress. A few minutes later, Roko Grimaldi, skating in all areas, hit the puck with a strong punch past Merzlikin and reached 1: 1.
The next goal was scored in the last minute of the third period when Filips Fošbergs took over the home team after a two-way walk against one of the Blue Jackets defenders. Four minutes later, Aleksandrs Teksjērs from the left left the puck through the hockey noise and leveled the result.
In the second half of the third period, the Predators scored three goals and celebrated the victory. First, at the start of the third 12 minutes, Brad Richardson was the first to jump off the puck and beat Merzlikin. Three and a half minutes later, after three opponents ’journey, Luke Kanin came alone against Merzlikin, who threw the puck into the net on the awkward side of the rod blade. Less than a minute later, Colton Sison was in a quick free kick and reached 5: 2.
Merzlikins blocked 28 opponents from 33 throws in this match, but Jūse Saross dealt with 42 of 44 programs at the end of the second half.
In the first match of Thursday’s season, “Predators” won 3: 1 and defeated 32 shots in Jonas Korpisalo’s “Blue Jackets” goal.
Meanwhile, striker Rudolf Balcer cannot yet help the Sharks teams in San Jose, who granted Arizona’s “Coyotes” University a 3: 5 (2: 2, 0: 2, 1: 1) superiority in the Western Division match.
Once punctual and twice assisting, Timo Maiers took part in all three goals. The winners had two goals for Phil Kessel, but Oliver Ekman-Larson made three assists.
The Sharks started the season with a win, defeating Coyotes in the previous battle with a 4: 3 throw-in series.
Normally, in the NHL regular season, the teams will each play 82 matches, but this season until May 8, the teams will play 56 duels.