The Russians got off to such a stormy start in the 105th regular season of the NHL that sometimes you lose your orientation in space – you don’t know who to follow, which match to include on the Internet. Sometimes you have to watch several at the same time.

And now Nichushkin and Panarin with 12 points top the list of league scorers. The same Nichushkin with Svechnikov Jr. is also the first among snipers – 7 goals each, and Kucherov is the leader among assistants – 9 assists. Well, of course, Ovechkin continues the historical chase with varying degrees of success. For Howe.

However, this week our goalkeepers suddenly got excited. Already the first three stars!

Columbus Daniil Tarasov was awarded for defeating the Rangers in New York – 5:1 with 30 saves.

“Avalanche” Alexander Georgiev was noted for pacification in the same “Madison Square Garden” in the shootout of his former team – 3:2 with 44 saves.

“Islander” Ilya Sorokin showed off the same troubled “rangers” already on his ice – 3:0 with all 41 reflected throws!

Everyone counts in the NHL. Immediately after the end of the New York derby, the statisticians gave out some interesting information. It turns out that over the past 55 years, only three goalkeepers have produced more Siberian crackers in 80 games since the start of their careers in the NHL. 1972 Super Series competitor Tony Esposito has 17, Islanders debut Glenn Resch in 1974, and current Kraken Martin Jones have 12 each. also to two modern gatekeepers – Finn Antti Niemi and Czech Roman Cechmanek.

But let’s still objectively understand: is our attack or sentries at the gate now running the NHL? Let’s turn to the list of three stars, which are determined after each meeting of the regular season. At the same time, we will definitely mention the alignment of the roles of those who have spent at least a minute on the ice today:

goalkeepers – 8;

defenders – 11;

forwards – 25.

In other words, 36 outfield players seem to be four times more likely to light up than eight goalkeepers. But what really?

October 13

Colorado – Chicago – 5:2. Nap Nichushkin – third star (3d)

October 14

Pittsburgh – Arizona – 6:2. Nap Malkin – 2d

Philadelphia – New Jersey – 5:2. Defense Provorov – 2h

Minnesota – Rangers – 3:7. Nap Panarin – 1z

October 16

St. Louis – Columbus – 5:2. Nap Buchnevich – 1z. Nap Tarasenko – 2z. Nap Barbashev – 3h

October 18

Rangers – Anaheim – 6:4. Nap Panarin – 2z

Montreal – Pittsburgh – 3:2 OT. Nap Malkin – 3d

Washington – Vancouver – 6:4. Nap Ovechkin – 1h

Seattle – Carolina – 1:5. Nap Svechnikov – 1z

October 19

Columbus – Vancouver – 4:3 OT. Defense Gavrikov – 2z

Islanders – San Jose – 5:2. VR Varlamov – 3d

October 21

Minnesota – Vancouver – 4:3 OT. Nap Whims – 1z

Edmonton – Carolina – 6:4. Nap Svechnikov – 2z

22 of October

Florida – Tampa – 2:3 OT. Vr Vasilevsky – 3d

Colorado – Seattle – 2:3. Nap Nichushkin – 3z

October 23

Winnipeg – Toronto – 1:4. VR Samsonov – 2z

Washington – Los Angeles – 4:3. Zashch Orlov – 2z

Vegas – Colorado – 2:3. Nap Nichushkin – 1z

October 24

Rangers – Columbus – 1:5. VR Tarasov – 1h

October 26

Rangers – Colorado – 2:3 B. Vr Georgiev – 1h. VR Shesterkin – 2z

27th October

Islanders – Rangers – 3:0. VR Sorokin – 1z



Of the eight, all were noted, except, not surprisingly, the two-time winner of the Vezina Trophy and the most expensive NHL goalkeeper ($10 million per season) Sergey Bobrovsky (Florida). However, no one has earned more than one star.

In total – 7 hits: the first star – 3, the second – 2, the third – 2.


Provorov, Gavrikov, Orlov – everyone got the second star. All! Sparsely – three laureates out of 11.


It’s more fun here – 14 hits. Twice as many as goalkeepers. But we have three times more forwards! And most importantly, how many specific Russian forwards ended up in the top trio of matches?

Nichushkin – 3 (first star – 1, third – 2)

Panarin and Svechnikov – 2 each (first star – 1, second – 1)

Malkin – 2 (second star – 1, third – 1)

Buchnevich, Ovechkin and Kaprizov – 1 each (first star)

Tarasenko – 1 (second star)

Barbashev – 1 (third star)

Of the 25 forwards who played this season, only 9 impressed the jury. Or just over 30 percent. With almost one hundred percent of the goalkeepers. Here is the answer to the question of what roles Russia prepares the best players in the twenties – in terms of volume and quality.

But even 15 years ago, except for the veteran Maxim Sokolov, there was no one to put in the frame of the Russian national team. If René Fasel had not helped to quickly re-register Kazakhstani sports citizenship for Russian Evgenia Nabokov, we would hardly have defeated Canada in the quarterfinals of the Olympics in Turin and the World Cup finals in Quebec.

Now, thanks to the purposeful work of the FHR headed by Vladislav Tretyak, the huge attention to the training of goalkeepers in clubs at all levels, we don’t know where these representatives of the most important hockey role should go!

If anything, we can help Canada at some World Cup – borrow a couple of our craftsmen for the number one post. Let them get practice. Just not in matches against the native team.

Source: Sovsport

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