Well, yes, in Edmonton, despite Andrey’s hat-trick, the hosts prevailed – 6:4. But everyone understands that McDavid and Draisaitl then scored 6 (2 + 4) points only because the Danish storyteller Andersen was at the gates of the guests. Now he works in the infirmary, and Kochetkov, who was urgently summoned from the farm club the day before yesterday, was framed for a home meeting with the “oil workers”.
In 2022, Petr, along with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod, completed the KHL championship ahead of schedule due to a pandemic, and then managed to make his debut in the AHL, NHL and even the Stanley Cup! However, the million-dollar fees of the main goalkeepers Andersen (4.5 million dollars) and Raanta (2 million), naturally, outweighed the modest salary of a penny of 842 thousand. Because he started the season in the farm club. As soon as Carolina got into a mini-crisis, the front office of the club immediately remembered the savior from Russia. Still – two slaps in a row, and without options.
November 7th. At home from “Toronto” – 1:3. Andersen saved 18 shots out of 21.
November 9. Away from “Florida” – 0:3. Raanta saved 33 of 35 shots.
Rod Brindamore, we must pay tribute to the coach, did not throw Kochetkov into the oven immediately upon arrival. He spent the entire meeting with the Panthers on the bench. But today the Hurricanes headquarters simply had no other choice – and Peter did not disappoint! True, he did not have much work – the guests made 22 shots. But in such cases, when a newcomer is at the gate, everything is decided not by quantity, but by quality. The main thing is to get into the game quickly, not to falter, not to cheat, not to fall under the magic of names when there are two top scorers in the championship on the other side.
Kochetkov succeeded in all this to the full! The score was zero until the last minute of the first period, when, 20 seconds before the siren, Svechnikov reminded everyone who his favorite clients are now in the NHL. As a result, the second hat-trick of the season against Edmonton and the first star of the match. The third went to Kochetkov, and the Oilers meekly capitulated – 2:7. This is the biggest defeat of McDavid/Dreisaitl in the current regular season. The captain of the guests scored already at 1:4, plus the Canadian and the German, as usual, in the majority organized the goal of Hyman.
All! Victoria Carolina’s simple arithmetic:
Svechnikov – 3;
McDavid and Draisaitl – 1. Plus they organized one more.
But here another detail is important – age! Andrei is 22 years old, McDavid is 25, Draisaitl is 27. With the captain of Edmonton, we have been buzzing for a long time, they say, Connor is the best hockey player in the solar system. Leon is floating somewhere nearby. And a native of Barnaul, despite all his exploits at a tender age, is not seen point-blank in America!
But now you have to open your eyes. This is the 16th hat-trick in the championship, and besides Svechnikov, only the same super duper McDavid managed to do the hat trick twice. With 11 goals, Andriy moved up to third place in the sniper contest. The leading Connor has four more goals.
ALL HAT-TRICKS OF THE 2022/23 CHAMPIONSHIP
13.10. Connor McDavid (Edmonton, Canada, 25 years old) – 5:3 with Vancouver
21.10. Alex Tuck (Buffalo, USA, 26) – 6:3 with Calgary
21.10. Andrey Svechnikov (Karolina, Russia, 22) – 4:6 with Edmonton
23.10. Joe Pavelski (Dallas, USA, 38) – 5: 2 with Montreal
28.10. Connor McDavid (Edmonton, Canada, 25) – 6:5 with Chicago
30.10. Christian Dvorak (Montreal, USA, 26) – 7:4 with St. Louis
1.11. Tage Thompson (Buffalo, USA, 25) – 8:3 with Detroit
2.11. Erik Karlsson (San Jose, Sweden, 32) – 5:6 (shootouts) with Anaheim
2.11. Evander Kane (Edmonton, Canada, 31) – 7:4 with Nashville
3.11. John Tavares (Toronto, Canada, 32) – 5: 2 with Philadelphia
4.11. Andrey Kuzmenko (Vancouver, Russia, 26) – 8:5 with Anaheim
4.11. Mikko Rantanen (Colorado, Finland, 26) – 6:3 with Columbus
5.11. Sebastian Aho (Karolina, Finland, 25) – 5:3 with Buffalo
6.11. Jamie Benn (Dallas, Canada, 33) – 6: 2 with Edmonton
11.11. Jack Eichel (Vegas, USA, 26) – 7:4 with Buffalo
11.11. Andrey Svechnikov (Karolina, Russia, 22) – 7:2 with Edmonton
As you can see, no one is close to our Hurricanes forward in age! And Andrey, by the way, has an anniversary today – 100 goals in the NHL. McDavid hit that milestone in his fourth season in the NHL, when he too was 22 years old.