0:5 in Carolina: Ovechkin mixes up the sport
The hot phase in the play-off quarter-finals of the NHL is underway – this is noticeable on the ice. In game three, Washington not only conceded his first defeat, but superstar Alex Ovechkin also lost his nerve briefly in the bitter bankruptcy. Meanwhile, national goalkeeper Philipp Grubauer celebrated his second win against favorite Calgary Flames with Colorado.
Superstar Alex Ovechkin knocked down his opponent Andrei Svechnikov with a right hook in a brawl on Monday (local time). It was the most spectacular scene in the 0-5 (0-1, 0-2, 0-2) defeat of defending champions Washington at the Carolina Hurricanes. Ovechkin has rarely been involved in such disputes. According to HockeyFights.com, it was only the fourth brawl in his NHL career, the first since 2010, and the bench players applauded Ovechkin by drumming on the boards. 19-year-old Svechnikov hit the ice with the helmet-protected back of his head and couldn’t keep playing. Both players received a five-minute penalty.
Carolina’s Warren Foegele and Dougie Hamilton both scored two goals in game three of the series. Hurricane goalkeeper Petr Mrazek stopped 18 shots and recorded the fourth play-off shutout of his career. “It just felt right from the start,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour rejoiced after a convincing 5-0 win. “Where did that come from? I don’t know. The boys just understood the situation. We had to win and that’s exactly how we played.” In the Best-of-Seven-Series the Capitals are still in the lead with 2:1 despite the defeat. Game four of the series will again be played on Thursday in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Grubauer leads Colorado to success with 27 parades
National goalkeeper Philipp Grubauer has celebrated an important home win with the Colorado Avalanche. The Avs won the third game of the first-round series against the number one seeded Calgary Flames 6:2 (3:0, 2:1, 1:1). The 27-year-old Rosenheimer convinced with 27 parades in the game. His teammate Nathan MacKinnon (2 goals/assist) was the top scorer in the game. In the Best of Seven series, Colorado took the lead 2-1 after their second consecutive win. The fourth game is scheduled for Wednesday in Denver again.
Dallas and Boston both lose 2-3
Dallas caught up against Nashville 0:2, but in the 52nd minute Mikael Granlund had to accept 2:3 and is now 1:2 behind in the series. Boston also lost 2:3 and the Bruins lost in Toronto. The Maple Leafs are in the lead with 2:1.
Results, Monday, April 15:
Carolina Hurricanes – Washington Capitals 5:0 – Play-off standings: 1:2
Toronto Maple Leafs – Boston Bruins 3:2 – Play-off stand: 2:1
Dallas Stars – Nashville Predators 2:3 – Play-off Stand: 1:2
Colorado Avalanche – Calgary Flames 6:2 – Play-off Stand: 2:1