Slovak hockey player Tomáš Tatar started the new NHL season with a goal into the Toronto net, but his Montreal lost on Thursday night on the Ice Maple Leafs 4: 5 after extra time.
On the opening night of the year, defender Erik Černák also scored points, with his assistance contributing to the victory of the Tampa Bay trophy defender over Chicago 5: 1.
Tatar opened a scoring account in the new season during a power play, when in the 28th minute he increased the lead of the Canadiens to 3: 1. Russian defender Alexander Romanov pushed him out into the escape and the Slovak striker overcame the goalkeeper Frederik Andersen with a shot between the concrete.
However, the guests did not keep a promising lead, Toronto managed to equalize to 4: 4 by the end of regular playing time, and Morgan Rielly decided his triumph in overtime.
In the opening night of the basic part, a total of five matches were played. The year was started on Wednesday at 11.30 pm by a duel between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, in which the Flyers defeated the rival 6: 3. Penguins striker Mark Jankowski scored the first goal of the season in the 6th minute.
Philadelphia – Pittsburgh 6: 3, Toronto – Montreal 5: 4 pp / TATAR for guests 1 + 0 /, Tampa Bay – Chicago 5: 1 / BLACK for home 0 + 1 /, Edmonton – Vancouver 3: 4 in the 3rd period, Colorado – St. Louis 1: 2 after the 2nd period
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