The St-Gallois and the Grison both scored, on the night of Wednesday to Tuesday, in the NHL. The Bernese was “cleared” for the first time in 13 matches.
Nino Niederreiter was particularly effective during the defeat (3-4 ap) of his Carolina Hurricanes in Tampa Bay. The striker scored the 0-1 after 8 minutes of play, on his only shot on target of the game. However, it was not enough against the Lightning, winner after 52 seconds in extra time, on a goal from the essential Steven Stamkos.
In St-Paul, Kevin Fiala was named 3rd star of the game against the Philadelphia Flyers (4-1), definitively eliminated from the play-off race that evening. The St-Gallois of the Minnesota Wild scored his 23rd goal of the year at the end of the 2nd period and sealed the victory for his team. The winger was used for a good quarter of an hour, but a little all over the place: 1’46 on the power play and 2’11 in box play. Sign of the confidence of his coach.
His compatriot Roman Josi meanwhile also finished the night in the shoes of the winner. But the Swiss superstar, who still skated for almost half of the game (27’39), did not put his name on the score sheet in Nashville’s victory against Ottawa (4-1) and it is a small event. It had not, in fact, happened since February 27!
The evening is however to forget for Dean Kukan. The Zurich defender struggled a lot in numerical inferiority (1’58 on a total playing time of 17’03), during Columbus’ home defeat against the New York Islanders (3-4).