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The leg was bent in an unnatural position. Unpleasant injury of the Russian defender in the NHL



Mikhail Sergachev was out of action after he set a historic achievement.

In the match between Tampa Bay and the New York Islanders, a local but important question was decided: which of the Russian goalkeepers is the best in the league? The Lightning helped Andrey Vasilevsky to beat Ilya Sorokin in this duel, sending the Islanders’ keeper to the bench.

And Vasilevsky’s team won a crushing victory and officially received an opponent in the first round of the playoffs. However, the joy of the fans was replaced by feelings for the state of Mikhail Sergachev, who unsuccessfully entered the fight.

Sergachev injured his knee and, limping, left the ice ahead of schedule.

Vasilevsky vs. Sorokin

For Russian fans, the match between Tampa and the Islanders is primarily a duel between two Russian goalkeepers, Vasilevsky and Sorokin. Interestingly, both keepers are now in excellent shape, although they started the season in different ways. Sorokin was the leader of the Islanders throughout the entire regular season, and it was thanks to him that the team was able to gain a foothold in the playoff zone. The Russian himself claims the prize for the best goalkeeper of the Vezina Trophy, which can only be second to Linus Ulmark from Boston.

Sorokin misses an average of 2.41 goals per game, and his percentage of saved shots is 92.31 – in all respects, the Russian is one of the best in the league. Also, the keeper spent five matches at zero and is the leader in this indicator. Vasilevsky, on the other hand, was slipping along with Tampa at the beginning of the season and could not show his level for a long time. However, closer to the playoffs, the Lightning keeper finally gained momentum and began to demonstrate his usual confident game.

In addition to the duel between Russia’s leading goaltenders, this game was an opportunity for the Islanders to prove to all the experts who did not see them in the playoffs that the team is capable of competing with the best clubs in the East.

Unsuccessful power

For Tampa, winning a home game meant no less. The Lightning are only four points away from future first-round rivals Toronto. John Cooper’s team will try to overtake the Leafs until the end of the regular season in order to gain home court advantage. And already at the end of the first period, the hosts took a step towards the fulfillment of this task.

Mikhail Sergachev received a pass on the blue line and immediately sent the puck into the goal with one touch. The throw itself was easy for such a keeper as Sorokin, but the Tampa players correctly positioned themselves on the “nickle” and closed the review to the Russian. The guests, although they lost in the first period with a minimum score, still spent this segment on an equal footing. After the break, it seemed that the “islanders” will continue to impose a fight and be able to cling to points.

However, in the second 20-minute period, Tampa “moved” the opponent, removing all questions about the winner not only in the match, but also in the duel of two Russian keepers. So, at the beginning of the period, Jeannot Tanner increased the advantage of the hosts, again upsetting Sorokin. And then Nikita Kucherov also said his word, who, after the transfer from Sergachev, fell out one on one with his compatriot.

Kucherov did not demonstrate the miracles of stick possession, but simply threw hard from the brushes and went to celebrate the goal. For the forward, this puck was already the 29th of the season. He also crossed the line of 105 points. Sergachev, thanks to an assist, entered the lightning textbooks, becoming the second defender in the history of the club, who managed to reach the mark of 50 assists for the regular season.

Two minutes after Kucherov’s accurate shot, his teammate Steven Stamkos also scored, putting an end to the confrontation between Vasilevsky and Sorokin: after the fourth goal, the Russian keeper of the “Islanders” went to the bench, and Semyon Varlamov took his place. Tampa decided not to let Varlamov get involved in the game and immediately unleashed a flurry of shots from all positions on him. And Corey Perry even decided to get on his nerves: Varlamov pinned the puck, but was hit on the hands by the Canadian.

Alexander Romanov immediately stood up for his compatriot, who threw Perry on the ice. However, the Canadian fell into the hands of Romanov with all his weight, after which the Russian left for the locker room. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries, and already in the third period, Alexander was again on the ice.

But another Russian defender was less fortunate. In one of the game episodes, Sergachev tried to close the zone by engaging in single combat with an opponent, but unsuccessfully adjusted to the player, and the Islanders forward drove into his knee at speed. Sergachev’s leg bent in an unnatural position, and he limped off the pitch. It is not yet clear how serious the injury was, but the Russian could not continue the game.

“Tampa” in the third period did not particularly accelerate, calmly finishing the match. But even having dropped the momentum, the “lightning” still outplayed the opponent. In the middle of the final 20 minutes, the hosts upset Varlamov in the majority. Brandon Point from the transfer of Kucherov made the score devastating, throwing the fifth puck into the goal of the guests. The “Islanders” tried to score at least a goal of prestige, but Vasilevsky planned to chalk up another “rusk” to his account. As a result, the Lightning keeper saved all 38 shots of the opponent and scored the second clean sheet in the last three games.

After Tampa’s confident victory over the Islanders, Cooper’s team officially advanced to the playoffs, where they will meet Toronto in the first round. The latest games show that the Lightning are fully prepared for this confrontation. However, without one of the leading defenders of the Sergachev club, it will be very difficult to contain the Leafs attack. Therefore, Tampa fans are waiting for positive news about Mikhail’s condition.

NHL. Regular season

Tampa Bay Lightning (Tampa) – New York Islanders (New York) – 5:0 (1:0, 3:0, 1:0)

Goals: Sergachev, 17:53. Jeannot, 23:42. Kucherov, 29:57. Stamkos, 31:45. Point, 53:26 (bol.).

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Vladislav Kutsevich – rookie Kyiv Capitals




The newly formed club “Kyiv Capitals” strengthened the 29-year-old striker squad of the Ukrainian national team Vladislav Kutsevic.

Last season-2022/23 started with the capital’s native HC Kyiv (15 games, 2 goals, 10 assists) and Sokol in the transfer window of Vladislav (12 games, 2 goals, 7 assists, play- off – 8 games, 3+ 1), with which he won his second title in the championship of Ukraine.

Recall that Kutsevich won his first career “gold” in the 2015/16 season in “Donbass”. After that, the central striker played in Ukraine for Kryvbas (1 year), White Bars (4 seasons), and also spent a short time in the Slovak teams of the second and third divisions – Povazhska Bystrica and Pukhov.

We add that in April, the head coach of the Ukrainian national team, Vadym Shakhraychuk, for the first time included Kutsevich in the national team at the World Cup. In five meetings at the forum in Tallinn, Vladislav made an assist and took second place with the team.

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Vegas Hockey Players Get Lifetime VIP Access to Strip Club If They Win the Stanley Cup




Vegas Golden Knights players will receive lifetime VIP access to a Las Vegas strip club if the team wins the Stanley Cup Final.

“Platinum VIP access and lifetime free lap dancing is our offer in the hope of winning the Stanley Cup. The success of the Vegas Golden Knights has been instrumental in boosting the morale of our community. This is the first professional sports team to debut in Las Vegas. We decided to show our support by providing a free lifetime opportunity for players to enjoy lap dancing. But for this they must win. We want to motivate them, help the players succeed,” said Brittany Rose, general manager of the strip club, quoted by Fox5 Vegas.

In the finals of the NHL playoffs, “Vegas” meets “Florida”, the first match of the decisive series will be held on June 3.

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“He’s a liar and a psycho.” A new round of scandal with hockey player Nichushkin and a drunken Ukrainian




Seattle police have released video from cameras that were filmed during the incident involving the Russian NHL star.

Colorado entered the NHL playoffs this season as the defending champion. A year ago, Russian hockey player Valery Nichushkin made a huge contribution to the Avalanche’s success. This spring, he was again in the spotlight, but in a negative way. The Russian got into a story with a drunken Ukrainian who ended up in his hotel room, and was soon removed from the squad. Now the Seattle police have released a video of the same girl talking about a certain “man who took her passport” and called him a “liar and a psycho.”

What happened at the hotel

Nichushkin started the season in a great mood. After his Stanley Cup triumph, he signed a lavish eight-year contract with the Colorado with a cap hit of over $6 million. Unfortunately, the Russian missed 29 regular season matches due to injuries, but was good in the rest of the matches. In the playoffs, he managed to play two matches in which he scored one goal. And then he disappeared.

The club kept silent, citing “personal reasons”, but it was clear that the case there was not clean. Journalists in America at first hinted that they were not allowed to tell everything they knew, then information appeared that Nichushkin had gotten into a story related to alcohol. And a little later, the Denver Post shared the details of the incident. According to them, a drunk 28-year-old Ukrainian woman was in Valery’s room, who was in an inadequate state due to severe intoxication and tried to hit the Colorado doctor. The girl refused to leave the hotel, so I had to call an ambulance.

At the same time, Nichushkin’s name was uttered only once, when it was said that everything happened in a room filmed in his name. Pepper was added to this story by the fact that the Russian has long been married to Muscovite Svetlana Gavrilyuk. And obviously she wasn’t in the hotel room. Then there were no new details of what happened, only rumors appeared that the player would continue to play for Colorado and would not return to Russia.

New details of a high-profile case

And now the police in Seattle, where the incident occurred, have released camera footage taken at the hotel on the day a drunk Ukrainian woman was found in Nichushkin’s room. In the video, team doctor Bradley Changstrom talks to a police officer and reports that the girl was found in the hockey player’s room by Colorado employees about an hour and a half before the ambulance was called.

We tried to get her out of the room. And she was obviously drunk. It’s clear that I couldn’t put her in a taxi because of security, Changström says in the footage posted by 9news.

In another moment, a girl on a stretcher got into the frame. Apparently, it was the same Ukrainian woman who loudly stated the following.

This man took my passport. He is a liar and a psycho. And generally very bad,” she said.

It is worth noting that the girl did not name Nichushkin, and the hockey player himself never appeared on the 20-minute cut from the cameras. But the video got the Denver police officer on duty, Lieutenant Todd Fuller, who traveled with the Colorado as a bodyguard. He explained to the Seattle police that there was no crime, and the incident was the result of severe intoxication.

The club has not yet made official statements about Nichushkin and whether he will continue his career in Colorado. It is obvious that the matter is not easy there, otherwise the Avalanche would have published some kind of press release long ago. The summer for the Russian NHL star will be difficult and nervous.

    Source: Sportbox

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