Zohorna played a part in the winning goal in the match between Pittsburgh and the defending Stanley Cup champion, which was scored in the third minute. The Czech forward created a jam with teammate Drew O’Connor in front of the Vegas goal and Ryan Graves scored from the stop.
Noel Acciari added to the score about halfway through the game, and Yevgeny Malkin sealed the win in the end with an empty net.
The main architect of Pittsburgh’s success was goalkeeper Alex Nedeljkovic, who stopped 38 shots and kept a clean sheet for the first time since April 2022.
Buffalo decided on the win in the 51st minute when Erik Johnson found open space over Mrázek’s shoulder at the near post with a shot from the left side. All three goals were scored by Rasmus Dahlin (1+2).
The Swedish back opened the scoring with a swing from the ring over Mrázek’s rebounder, and for the second goal he released Jeff Skinner on the power play with a smart pass, who finished into the empty net. Taylor Raddysh and Philipp Kurashev equalized for Chicago in the second period.
Toronto closed out the NHL Global Series in Stockholm with a 4-3 overtime win over Minnesota. It was decided at 63:09 by Swedish forward William Nylander, who also scored an assist in the match. With three points for a goal and two assists, defender Morgan Rielly shone in the winner’s jersey. Czech forward David Kämpf did not score for the Maple Leafs.
“We were leading 3:1, we should have taken care of it. Then they started to play a little better, we conceded and the Wild equalized. But luckily we grabbed it in overtime. For William Nylander, it was a beautiful end to the entire trip. That he scored the winning goal is great for him and for the fans,” Kämpf told nhl.com/cs.
“I’m happy for the two points and the fact that we have four in total. We accomplished our goal. The points are important because the league is balanced and we now need to get as many as possible in order to have the best possible position for the playoffs,” added Kämpf.
Toronto picked up a full four points at Avicii (Globe) Arena with a 3-2 win over Detroit on Friday. The Wild return to the United States with just one point after falling to Ottawa 1-2 in separate games on Saturday. The four-day program in Stockholm also offered a duel between Ottawa and Detroit (5:4 in overtime) on Thursday.
Minnesota took the lead after 157 seconds. Goalkeeper Joseph Woll was beaten by defender Jon Merrill, who scored the first goal of the season. Maple Leafs captain John Tavares could have equalized, but he only hit the crossbar. Mats Zuccarello’s penalty also helped Marc-Andre Fleury’s post after Rielly’s shot.
Toronto equalized at 12:43 with Jared Spurgeon’s penalty. The Gunners’ Auston Matthews put the puck in for Fleury on a William Nylander shot and tied Winnipeg’s Kyle Connor for the top scorer with 14 goals. Nylander, who helped win over Detroit with a goal and two assists, also scored in the 17th game since the start of the season.
The score didn’t change in the second period, despite the Wild having three power plays at their disposal. In the 45th minute, he scored a two-goal lead for the Maple Leafs after Riella’s pass from Riella with a shot from the left circle. With 108 seconds left, defenseman Jake Middleton put the Wild back in the game with a shot from the blue line. In the 49th minute, Mats Zuccarello erased the loss, directing Brock Faber’s pass from the goal area into the open goal.
At the start of regulation, Wild Joel Eriksson Ek missed a chance. The decision was made by Nylander, who drove past Marcus Johansson, squeezed in front of Fleury and sent the puck over his jumper with a forehand.
“I will have beautiful memories of the whole trip. The best thing for me was that I got to see my parents and grandma and grandpa here. It was nice to meet them here, we went to dinner together and spent some time together,” said Kämpf, who played an NHL duel for Chicago in Prague in 2019 and now his family supported him in the Swedish capital.
“They saw both games, which was great especially for the grandparents. “Mom and dad sometimes fly to Toronto to see me, but grandma and grandpa don’t, so this was only the second and third NHL game in which they saw me live right in the stadium, after the Prague Global Series with Chicago in 2019,” he said.
The next duel awaits the Maple Leafs on Friday in Chicago. “The journey back will be long, but we fly right after the match, so we should be at home on Monday. Then we get a few days off, I believe I will quickly acclimatize back to American time and it will be fine,” Kämpf added.
|Philadelphia – Columbus 5:2 (1:1, 2:1, 2:0)|
|Goals: 6. Farabee, 22. Brink, 27. Poehling, 53. Konecny, 58. York – 16. Texier, 38. Jenner. Shots on goal: 26:22. Spectators: 17,416. Stars of the game: 1. Farabee, 2. Walker, 3. Konecny (all Philadelphia).|
|Pittsburgh – Vegas 3:0 (1:0, 1:0, 1:0)|
|Goals: 3. Graves (ZOHORNA), 32. Acciari, 59. Malkin. Shots on goal: 33:38. Spectators: 18,120. Stars of the match: 1. Nedeljkovic, 2. Acciari, 3. Graves (all Pittsburgh).|
|Chicago – Buffalo 2:3 (0:1, 2:1, 0:1)|
|Goals: 24. Raddysh, 38. Kurashev – 5. Dahlin, 31. J. Skinner, 51. E. Johnson. Shots on goal: 26:20. PETR MRÁZEK caught the entire match for Chicago, conceding three goals from 20 shots and had a success rate of 85 percent. Spectators: 19,027. Stars of the match: 1. Dahlin, 2. E. Johnson (both Buffalo), 3. Kurashev (Chicago).|
|Anaheim – St. Louis 1:3 (0:2, 1:1, 0:0)|
|Goals: 29. McTavish – 10. Neighbors, 17. Buchnevich, 26. Toropchenko. Shots on goal: 31:31. Spectators: 15,243. Stars of the match: 1. Thomas (St. Louis), 2. McTavish (Anaheim), 3. Hofer (St. Louis)|
|NHL Global Series game in Stockholm:|
|Minnesota – Toronto 3:4 in extra time (1:2, 0:0, 2:1 – 0:1)|
|Goals: 3. Merrill, 47. Middleton, 49. Zuccarello – 13. Matthews, 19. Knies, 45. Rielly, 64. W. Nylander. Shots on goal: 36:25. Spectators: 13,356. Stars of the match: 1. Rielly (Toronto), 2. Zuccarello (Minnesota), 3. W. Nylander (Toronto)|