Victor Hedman scored his tenth goal of the season when stjärnbacken gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead early in the third period at home against mittenlaget Arizona. A goal that would prove decisive.
the Jubilation on the ice was great after the 4-1 victory, which meant that Tampa secured their first grundserieseger, so-called the Presidents Trophy, in the club's history. Floridalaget now have the impregnable 116 points ahead of runner-up Calgary on 95 and get home ice advantage through all slutspelsrundor.
" I know that when people think of the NHL see many in front of him someone who lifts the Stanley Cup trophy over his head. But there are 82 games before you get to the point. Many teams in this league have not won it (here) and the trophy, " says Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper to the NHL's website.
Captain Steven Stamkos has been on the club's journey to the NHL-the top. Against Arizona, he put the 1-1-goal, and took note of the new club record with a total of 384 goals.
"I didn't really know how I would react, but it was definitely emotional," he says.
for his 34 assists when he was involved in the preparatory work to the Finnish Markus Granlunds 2-1-goals when Vancouver faced Chicago. The point means that the Swedish star passed by the Czech Ivan Hlinka, and the Russian Pavel Bure of Vancouver's best scorer among rookies ever, with their so far 61 points (27 goals and 34 assists).
– There is a lot to take in. It means a lot to me. I am very proud of it, but I just focus on the next match. Obviously I'm very happy about the record, " he says.
Chicago's Erik Gustafsson rescued a point through to equalize to 2-2 in the third period. He praised own goalie Corey crawford's effort.
" He was incredible today. If he does not played like he did, it had probably become (loss) 5-1. Now we got at least a point, " says Gustafsson told reporters after the match.
Bo Horvat, framspelad by Alexander Edler and confirmed the result to 3-2. The same Edler scored a goal in the second period, framspelad of Horvat.
William Karlsson, who last season made 43 grundseriemål for Vegas, the Golden Knights, noted his 20th of the season in the 7-3 victory away against San Jose.
Karlsson put the 1-1-goal in the first period and assisted then to Reilly Smith 5-2-goals. In San Jose is still missing the injured stjärnbacken Erik Karlsson.