Montreal hockey players with Juraj Slafkovský lost in the NHL home game against Buffalo 2:7 (1:3, 1:1, 0:3).
Juraj Slafkovský from Montreal in front of Buffalo winger Alex Tuch.
The Slovakian attacker got a great chance in his fourteenth game in the pro league, playing in the second attack alongside Christian Dvorak and Brendan Gallagher.
He moved into this formation in place of Mike Hoffman, who is forced to take a break due to a lower body injury.
Slafkovský did not score in the nine-goal duel. He spent 14:22 minutes on the ice, threatened goalkeeper Craig Anderson twice, recorded one blocked shot, and Jeff Skinner closed the scoring in the 55th minute during his suspension for possession.
Slafkovský also presented himself in power-ups, the Canadiens did not use even one of the six.
His players experienced a cold shower at the beginning of the duel. After only 52 seconds, they were losing 0:2 after goals from Rasmus Dahlin and John-Jason Peterka, less than a minute and a half later, Alex Tuch scored the third goal for the guests.
The Sabers players have reached the seventh place in the historical tables of the three fastest goals by one team.
The Canadiens, on the other hand, conceded three hits in the first 123 seconds, setting a negative club record. According to overseas media, they previously scored the fastest three goals since the opening goal in February 1979 in a meeting against Washington (2:25 min).
Montreal against the Sabers did reduce the score until the 3rd minute, then scored a goal to make it 2-4, but did not get the chance to turn it around and lost the third of the last four games.
Buffalo ended an eight-game losing streak. Skinner had five points on two goals and three assists. Tage Thompson had the same number of passes.
Before the match, Slafkovský met with young Slovak hockey players who watched Montreal practice in Brossard. The club posted a video on social networks:
Montreal will play in the next game already on the night of Thursday our time on the ice of Columbus.
“We will get another chance to change our start and the way we played. We will have a better start and a better match,” said Slafkovský for overseas journalists.
The 18-year-old from Košice, the number one pick in this year’s draft, scored four points for three goals and an assist in 14 games in the current NHL season. He regularly started in the fourth attack and in the second power formation.
He spent more time on the ice than against Buffalo (by four seconds) so far this year in only one game, and that was against Arizona, when he scored the first goal in the pro league.Read more ONLINE: Montreal received a seven from Buffalo
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