Leon Draisaitl made a false start in the final tournament of the NHL in their own hall with the Edmonton Oilers.
At the start of the qualifying round against the Chicago Blackhawks, the old champion from Canada lost 4: 6 and is already with his back to the wall after a catastrophic defensive performance. The winner of the best-of-five series moves into the quarter-finals for the Stanley Cup.
Draisaitl with goal and assist
For Draisaitl, the first point game started optimally after 144 days of a corona break: captain Connor McDavid used his pass to the Oilers early lead in the third minute. But Chicago answered in the first third with four goals in seven minutes.
The German top scorer of the canceled main round shortened (25th), but two more goals against the second third siren decided the game. The goals of James Neal and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins didn’t change anything. The Czech Dominik Kubalik, who was on the ice for HC Ambri-Piotta last season, was the outstanding player with two goals and three assists.
Dumba with an emphatic speech
Before the first bully in Edmonton, Matt Dumba of Minnesota Wild, one of the few dark-skinned players in the NHL, had called for an effort to fight racism in a haunted speech on the ice. In the US anthem, the Canadian was the first NHL professional to kneel, Malcolm Subban (Chicago) and Darnell Nurse (Edmonton) put a demonstrative hand on his shoulder.
In Toronto, the other “bubble” for the sealed-off final tournament, Jaccob Slavin had previously scored the first goal in NHL history in August. The defender thus initiated the 3: 2 victory of the Carolina Hurricanes against the New York Rangers. In the two Canadian cities, a total of 24 teams are fighting for the Stanley Cup, which will be presented in early October.