NHL preparation: Svozil’s luxury pass, Jeník’s hits and fights and Voracek’s escape
Three Czech hockey players joined the Columbus team in preparation for the NHL – David Jiříček, Stanislav Svozil and Jakub Voráček.
Jiří Kulich played against them for Buffalo, who lost 1:4 thanks to Svozil’s beautiful pass and Voráček’s goal.
Two Czech goalkeepers also faced each other, Lukáš Dostál saved Anaheim’s 3:1 win against Arizona, for which Karel Vejmelka saved the entire match.
Jan Jeník showed his stubbornness in the Coyotes jersey, who knocked down Trevor Zegras with a clean hit and also managed two battles…
Svozil started for the first time in training and after nine minutes he entered the statistics. He did not rush at the right throw-in circle and instead of the shot, he perfectly found the free Emil Bomström, who easily beat the moving goalkeeper.
Svozil’s great pass for Bemström’s goal:
Voráček confirmed that he is in good shape before the start of the NHL. He scored his fourth point in his second game to help Columbus to its second win.
The 33-year-old native of Slané made his breakthrough in the 48th minute, when he got behind the Sabers’ defense and made it 3:1.
At the end, although the puck went off the blade of the Czech representative, the experienced playmaker still managed to push it between the legs of goalkeeper Eric Comrie.
Jakub Voráček’s goal:
David Jiříček joined the pair of Svozil and Voráček in the Blue Jackets lineup. The sixth player of the July draft entered the second duel in the Columbus jersey and is still waiting for the first point in his new place of work.
Against Buffalo, the student from Pilsen played 18 minutes and checked goalkeeper Comrie twice.
San Jose hockey players are in good shape before the start of the season, which will begin on October 7 in Prague’s O2 arena. The Sharks beat Los Angeles 3-1 to win their third preseason game.
Defender Šimek helped the Sharks with an assist on the winning goal by Yevgenije Svečnikov. Tomáš Hertl did not score in the match.
The duel between the former Brno Kometa goalkeepers turned out significantly better for Dostál, who led Anaheim to a 3:1 win with 28 saves. Vejmelka, who is four years older, conceded three times out of 23 shots and did not get over 90 percent success rate even in his second start.
Striker Jan Jeník showed his toughness with a clean hit and two skirmishes.
Jeník’s hit on Zegras and the subsequent battle:
The defending Stanley Cup champions from Colorado continue to struggle in preparation. Without the usual movers, Vegas lost 1:7 and lost the third of four duels. Lukáš Sedlák started in the Avalanche’s first formation, but the game did not go well for him.
The forward, who returned to the NHL after three years in Chelyabinsk, Russia, ended the duel with three negative points.
Martin Kaut, the second Czech attacker in the Colorado jersey, did not make his mark either, who scored twice in 18 minutes and registered one negative point in the plus-minus statistics.
The nineteen-year-old center of the third formation of Vegas, Jakub Brabenec, could rejoice at the win.
Detroit rested the Czech trio Filip Zadina, Dominik Kubalík, and Filip Hronek after Tuesday’s successful match against Pittsburgh (6:2) and lost to Chicago 2:4. Adam Erne scored both goals for the Red Wings.
Columbus – Buffalo 4:1 (2:0, 0:1, 2:0)
Goals: 9. Bemström (Svozil), 14. Marchenko, 48. Voráček, 57. Meyer – 24. Priskie.
Philadelphia – Washington 1:3 (0:0, 0:2, 1:1)
Goals: 44. Hayes – 28. and 57. Strome, 25. Brown.
Toronto – Montreal 3:0 (1:0, 1:0, 1:0)
Goals: 7. Robertson, 40. Malgin, 57. Abruzzese.
Detroit – Chicago 2:4 (1:2, 1:1, 0:1)
Goals: 2nd and 21st Erne – 1. Sikura, 7. L. Reichel, 34. Khaira, 60. Lafferty.
Calgary – Edmonton 4:0 (0:0, 2:0, 2:0)
Goals: 27. Sutter, 37. Stone, 57. Weegar, 60. Huberdeau.
Anaheim – Arizona 3:1 (1:0, 1:1, 1:0)
Goals: 18. Regenda, 40. Strome, 49. Lundeström – 31. Guenther. Lukáš Dostál caught the entire game for Anaheim, conceded one goal from 29 shots and had a success rate of 96.6 percent. Karel Vejmelka caught the entire match for Arizona, conceding three goals from 23 shots and had a success rate of 87 percent.
Los Angeles – San Jose 1:3 (0:1, 0:1, 1:1)
Goals: 43. Grundström – 6. Bordeleau, 33. Svečnikov (Šimek), 59. Harrington.
Vegas – Colorado 7:1 (2:0, 4:0, 1:1)
Goals: 1. Karlsson, 11. Quinney, 23. Amadio, 30. Cotter, 34. Kolesar, 40. Korczak, 55. Stephenson – 45. Beaucage.
The Tampa Bay-Carolina game was postponed due to Hurricane Ian.