In Slovakia in the shadow of the Euro football and the Tour de France. Overseas, especially in the north, is the event of the year.
He started the final fight for the Stanley Cup tonight. The most prestigious hockey trophy. It can be obtained again after a year in Tampa Bay or after almost three decades Montreal. Canada is upside down.
But there is also one certainty in the sea of uncertainty. This seasonal title will also belong to one Slovak. Erik Černák or Tomáš Tatar.
In another position
If you want to have your name on the trophy, you must meet one condition: play at least half of the matches in the basic part, resp. at least one in the playoffs.
Although the Tatar from Montreal moved to the stands last week, he competed in 50 duels in the season, plus five in the elimination round. This means that if the Canadiens win, they will definitely get the legendary ring for the triumph.
The 30-year-old native of Ilava had a life season last year, scoring 61 Canadian points in 68 duels. He currently played 50 matches, scored 10 goals and scored 20.Read more Tampa is in the finals again. Černák has a chance at the second Stanley Cup in a row
Although he still started the introductory series of the playoffs, he did not finish it. It no longer fit into the line-up. And his final forecast also doesn’t look good. He will probably get a chance only if someone gets hurt. Erik Černák, 24, is in a completely different position. The Košice defender is one of the pillars of Tampa.
He has the most successful basic part, in which he scored eight Canadian points, he has already added another eight in the playoffs. He has the coach’s confidence, spending an average of twenty minutes on the ice per match. He is one of the best in the +/− statistics. In defense, he formed a pair with the experienced Ryan McDonagh.
“Erik skates well, he is strong with the puck, he is not afraid to block the shots. As the number of matches increases, he gains experience, thanks to which he becomes a complex player. We sat down hockey and humanly, “the Canadian back confirmed for Pravda some time ago.
Černák, unlike Tatar, has already won the Stanely Cup once. Last year. If he repeated this success, I would only become the third Slovak to have at least two trophies. Tomáš Kopecký also enjoyed it twice, Marián Hossa even three times.
In addition to them, the ring is already owned by a plethora of players from below the Tatras – Stan Mikita was the first in the 1960/61 season. After many decades, Jiří Bicek, Martin Cibák, Miroslav Šatan, Zdeno Chára and Marián Gáborík then joined.
A long time ago
This is not an ordinary finale. When a Canadian team plays in it, it’s always different. The last time he fought for the Vancouver Canucks trophy was in 2011. He was close, but in the end he stayed far.Read more With Tatar in the stands. Montreal advanced to the NHL final
He lost in a seven-match series. The last Canadian team with the Stanley Cup is Montreal. He won it 28 years ago.
What? The year 1993? Time is a very relative figure, but in view of the events that have taken place in the NHL in the meantime, it seems that it was a long time ago. Judge for yourself…
Since then, the best league in the world has had three lockouts. Seven new clubs have been added to the ocean hockey map. Twelve teams won the Stanley Cup. Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings and New Jersey Devils even three times. Montreal was replaced by a number of coaches, Michel Therrien and Claude Julien even entered the same river twice.
Jaromír Jágr received five Art Ross Trophies for the most productive player, Alexander Ovečkin three Hart trophies for the most useful. A salary cap has been introduced and has already doubled.
The highest hockey player in NHL history – Zdeno Chára – broke into the scene and the rule of a forbidden pass across two lines disappeared. Tomáš Tatar was two years old, Erik Černák was not here for another four.
Vera, it’s been a long time. Canada in particular, the hockey cradle, sees it this way. When Montreal broke through the semi-finals against Las Vegas (4: 2 in matches), huge celebrations broke out in the city. Many fans could not break into the skin.
Police arrested fifteen of them, in return they found an overturned company car. The footage flew around the world. Open Canadian websites and you will find that everything else is in the hockey shadow.
The grand finale begins. A duel of two Slovaks. Sunny Tampa and rugged Montreal. Covid’s year 2021 is waiting for its winner.
Source: Pravda.sk – Šport – Futbal – Hokej by hokej.pravda.sk.
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