Nečas shone in the NHL preseason with four points, Vaněček was also the first star


New York – Forward Martin Nečas led Carolina’s 8:1 cannonade over the Columbus hockey players with two goals and two assists in the pre-NHL preseason game and became the first star of the game. Goalkeeper Vítek Vaněček was also named the best player in Monday’s games, who covered 24 Boston shots and led New Jersey to a 1:0 victory. David Pastrňák and David Krejčí did not play for the guests.

Among the Czech goalkeepers, Pavel Francouz also intervened in the game and supported Colorado’s 3:1 win in Dallas with 38 hits. He was rewarded with a second star of the match award for his performance. Dominik Kubalík’s goal and Filip Zadina’s assist were not enough for Detroit, which lost to Pittsburgh 2:3 at home.

Columbus, playing without Jakub Voráček and David Jiříček, led with a shot from Yegor Činačov, but Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Stefan Noesen and Derek Stepan turned the score around in the first period. Nečas had a hand in all three of Carolina’s goals in the middle period. The Czech striker made it 5:1 and Brent Burns and Brady Skjei scored after his passes. Stepan and Nečas in the 58th minute underlined the victory in the third period.

“He played well, that’s not surprising,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour commented on Necas’ four-point night. “I don’t see any difference in his game, it’s always been there. But it’s still just preparation, so it’s necessary for him to continue it even in tough matches,” he added.

Carolina also won the fourth game before the start of the regular season. “The whole preparation is good. We have a lot of excellent players that we could play with two teams. Everyone is working hard and that’s good,” said Nečas, who collected six points (3+3) in the last two games.

The only goal in New Jersey was scored by Tomáš Tatar in the 11th minute, and his shot was enough for the home team, as Vaněček was bulletproof. “He didn’t have much, but he caught a solo breakaway and kept his cool when we had a bad substitution and forgot about a free player. The opponent also had a few runs and he handled everything. When a goalkeeper holds you like that, it gives the team a decent chance to win,” he said Devils coach Linda Ruff to Vaneček.

The Czech goalkeeper, who was traded from Washington in the summer, allowed only three goals from 55 shots in three starts. Jakub Lauko also tested him with two attempts on Monday, the other Czech player in the Boston jersey, Tomáš Nosek, recorded only one loss of the puck in the statistics. Ondřej Palát did not start in the winners’ lineup.

In Dallas, all goals came in the third period. Artturi Lehkonen guided Colorado to victory with two goals, while Nils Lundkvist deprived the French of a clean sheet in the 56th minute. The defending champion, in whose jersey Martin Kaut and Lukáš Sedlák played, sealed the victory with a shot from Evan Rodrigues into an empty net. The home side’s third attack was led by Radek Faksa, who occupied the French with two shots.

Pittsburgh led 3-0 in Detroit after two periods with goals from Bryn Rust, who punished the suspensions of Jakub Vrana, Josh Archibald and Jason Zucker. But the last twenty minutes belonged to the home team. Vrána hit the post first, but a moment later Kubalík lowered it from the stop and scored his third goal in the preparation. Even with Zadin’s assist, Dylan Larkin dramatized the match in the 58th minute, but the score did not change after that.

Toronto, with Filip Král in defense, won 5:1 in Montreal. Other matches were played without Czech participation. Nashville beat the home team 4:3 in Bern in the NHL preseason thanks to captain Roman Josi. The Swiss full-back scored two goals and an assist against his parent club. Thanks to Dylan Holloway’s hat trick, Edmonton defeated Vancouver 7:2, and Calgary, with goalkeeper Daniel Vladar on the bench, beat Seattle 4:1.

Hockey forward Reichel headed from Winnipeg to a farm in Manitoba

Hockey forward Kristian Reichel moved from Winnipeg’s training camp to a farm in Manitoba. The 24-year-old son of the Olympic champion from Nagano and three-time world champion Robert Reichl is already in his fifth season in the lower AHL competition. He made his NHL debut last year and scored a goal and an assist in 13 games for the Jets.

Reichel signed a new two-year, two-way contract with Winnipeg in March worth $775,000 a year, of which $25,000 is a signing bonus. He has a guaranteed salary of $150,000 on the farm. He started one game for the Jets in this year’s preseason and did not score.

The Litvínov progeny has been working overseas since 2017. After a season in the WHL junior competition, he signed a contract with the Winnipeg farm team Manitoba Moose as an undrafted player. Subsequently, Reichel won a contract with the Jets. In the AHL for Manitoba, he has 153 games and 52 points on 25 hits and 27 assists.

Defender Haš moved from Washington to a farm in Hershey

Hockey defenseman Martin Haš headed from Washington Prep to the farm to Hershey in the lower AHL overseas competition. The 21-year-old student of Letňany in Prague, who was drafted by the Capitals in the fifth round in 2019 in the 153rd place, played last season in Shawinigan in the junior QMJHL.

Hash does not have a contract with Washington. This year, he played for the Capitals once in preseason and did not score, last year he had one assist in one game. He won the QMJHL with Shawinigan last season and also appeared at the Memorial Cup.

In the QMJHL, he collected 20 points on eight goals and 12 assists in 57 regular season games. In 16 playoff games, he had six points on two hits and four assists. He did not score in four Memorial Cup games.

In the 2019/20 season, Haš also played five matches in the Finnish league for Tappara Tampere, where he left at the age of 16 from Sparta Prague. He scored one goal. A participant in two U18 World Championships and two U20 World Championships, he also worked in the OHL in North Bay and Guelph.

Ottawa will be without injured goaltender Talbot for at least a month in the NHL

Ottawa hockey players will miss goalkeeper Cam Talbot in the NHL opener. The 35-year-old Canadian is injured shortly before the start of the season, and the length of his absence is expected to be five to seven weeks.

Therefore, Ottawa took the Swedish goalkeeper Magnus Hellberg from the so-called waiver list, who will share the matches with compatriot Anton Forsberg. Talbot was acquired by the Senators from Minnesota in the summer.

Preparation matches before the start of the NHL:

New Jersey – Boston 1:0 (1:0, 0:0, 0:0)

Goal: 11. Tatar. Keeper Vítek Vaneček he caught the entire game for New Jersey and did not concede 24 shots.

Montreal – Toronto 1:5 (0:2, 0:1, 1:2)

Goals: 55. Drouin – 3. and 26. W. Nylander, 56. and 59. Kerfoot, 9. Aston-Reese.

Carolina – Columbus 8:1 (3:1, 3:0, 2:0)

Goals: 20. and 41. Stepan, 31. and 58. Out of time8. Kotkaniemi, 14. Noesen, 27. Burns (Out of time), 32. Skjei (Out of time) – 6. Cinachov.

Detroit – Pittsburgh 2:3 (0:1, 0:2, 2:0)

Goals: 43. Kubalik58. Larkin (Backyard) – 13. Rust, 25. Archibald, 39. Zucker.

Dallas-Colorado 1:3 (0:0, 0:0, 1:3)

Goals: 56. Lundkvist – 41. and 53. Lehkonen, 60. Rodrigues. Keeper Pavel French he caught the entire match, conceded one goal from 39 shots and had a 97.4 percent hit rate.

Edmonton – Vancouver 7:2 (1:0, 3:2, 3:0)

Goals: 11th, 33rd and 58th Holloway, 59th and 59th Foegele, 32nd Hyman, 39th Barrie – 25th Höglander, 34th Garland.

Calgary – Seattle 4:1 (1:0, 2:0, 1:1)

Goals: 8. Ch. Tanev, 26. M. Stone, 36. Hanifin, 50. Coleman – 43. Beniers.

Warm-up match in Bern before the start of the NHL:

Bern – Nashville 3:4 (2:1, 0:2, 1:1)

Goals: 11. Bärtschi, 20. Loeffel, 60. DiDomenico – 18. and 46. Josi, 27. Forsberg, 29. Duchene.


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