Sakhae (USA), February 28, LETA – AP. Latvian forward Rūdolfs Balcers successfully assisted on the Sharks’ first goal scored in San Jose in the National Hockey League (NHL) game on Saturday, but his team suffered a defeat.
The Sharks recognized the superiority of the St. Louis Blues with a score of 6: 7 (2: 1, 2: 3, 2: 3).
The Balcers played the Sharks in the second line of attackers and already in the first turn on the ice they helped the hosts to score a goal in 17 seconds. He won the duel on the left side of the field and left the puck to Timo Maier, after which he passed from the opponent’s hockey player to goal.
Balcers have excelled in three straight games with performance points.
The game turned out to be very stormy as the Sharks always responded to the Sharks’ first four goals with accurate shots. In the third half, however, in the first four goals scored, the teams had changed roles, but the victory was ensured by Marko Skandella, who reached 7: 6 in the eighth minute of the third.
In the middle of the game, after the fourth goal scored, Blues goalkeeper Jordan Binington was replaced, who noticed that three Sharks hockey players were meeting before leaving the ice. First, he pushed Radim Šimek to the opponents’ bench, then into Erik Carlson’s face with a stick in midfield, but in the end he had to exact revenge on rival goalkeeper Devin Dubnik.
Maiers stood out on the Sharks line with two goals and one pass, and Evanders Keins pitched twice. The visitors added three points, two of them with the scored goal, for defender Skandell.
Balcers played 18 minutes and 54 seconds on Saturday, of which four minutes and 44 seconds were the majority. Liepāja scored twice, used a force method, blocked a shot, lost two pucks, intercepted a pass and ended the match with a negative efficiency of -2.
He has scored a goal in eight games this season, has scored three times and has accumulated a negative profit -3.
The Sharks are the last of eight teams in the West Division with 16 points from 18 games, while the Blues are third with 24 points in Game 21. The San Jose unit faces five more games at home, the first two at earlier this week against the Colorado Avalanche.
On the other hand, the victory was celebrated on Saturday by the Pittsburgh “Penguins” represented by forward Theodor Bluger, who played the New York “Islanders” in a 4: 3 (0: 1, 2: 2, 1: 0, 1: 0) overtime.
The winning goal was scored 26 seconds before the end of regulation by Chris Letang, who stood out in this match with two accurate shots and one assists.
Blugers spent 17 minutes and 12 seconds on the court Saturday, playing majority and minority for about half a minute. He used two strength techniques, blocked one pitch, won four of ten pitches and finished the game with neutral efficiency.
The Latvian hockey player has scored three goals in 19 games this season, has scored eight times and has accumulated a positive efficiency factor of +6. He is the sixth most successful Penguins hockey player.
The Pittsburgh team with 23 points from 19 games ranks fifth in the Eastern Division, where the New York team with 24 points from 20 games is third. On Sunday, the two teams will play another match.
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Elvis Merzļikins continues to heal the injury, but another Latvian puck receiver Matīss Kivlenieks was sent to the American Hockey League (AHL), while his representative Columbus “Blue Jackets” will visit with 1: 2 (1: 0 , 0: 2, 0: 0) conceded Nashville’s “Predators.”
The winners were scored by Matthias Echolm.
Jonas Korpisalo rebounded 31 of 33 opponents in the Blue Jackets’ goal, but Veini Vehvilainen remained in reserve.
“Blue Jackets” with 21 points in 21 games is in the fifth Central Division, while “Predators” with 16 points in 19 battles is the last, eighth. On Sunday, the two teams will meet again.
Due to injury, forward Zemgus Girgensons is not playing this season, whose Buffalo “Sabers” gave up the Philadelphia “Flyers” 0: 3 (0: 1, 0: 2, 0: 0) at home.
Philadelphia goalie Brian Eliot repelled all 23 shots, remaining “dry” against the Sabers for the second time this season.
“Sabers” with 15 points from 18 games ranks last in the East Division.
Normally, in the NHL regular season, teams play 82 games each, but this season, through May 8, teams will play 56 games each.