The Russian striker makes a new run to conquer the NHL, and the start turned out to be super successful.
Recall that last season Klim Kostin, after four years of wandering between the AHL (mainly) and the NHL, returned to Russia, signed a contract with Avangard and won the Gagarin Cup, and then flew across the ocean again, managed to play two matches for the Blues in the end of the regular season, but he was no longer released in the playoffs.
And now a new season and new hopes. There was no place for Kostin in the opening match of St. Louis, but in the game against Arizona he was in the application, however, in the fourth link.
The key in the match was a five-minute interval in the middle of the second period. “Arizona” won 2: 1, and the guests' score for the new team was opened by Pavel Buchnevich, who at the end of the first period received a penalty match for deliberately hitting his opponent in the face.
As soon as the first half of the match was over, the bluesmen seemed to explode: 5 goals in a row in five minutes, including two from Kostin.
His double fit in 47 seconds, Twitter “St. Louis”, reporting the second goal, even clarified that this is not a typo. And later it turned out that one of the goals was victorious.
After such a failure, Arizona changed the goalkeeper, instead of the unlucky Carter Hatton, debutant Karel Weimelka came out, played two goals in the third period, but Ivan Barbashev put an end to Vladimir Tarasenko's pass – 7: 4, and more than half of the goals of the winners were on our account!
Now we are following Kostin more closely, the next Blues match is the day after tomorrow in Vegas.
Arizona Coyotes (Glendale) – St. Louis Blues (St. Louis) – 4: 7 (1: 1, 1: 5, 2: 1)
Goals: Keller, 5:26 (big). Cruz, 11:58 pm. Fisher, 45:25. Lyubushkin, 48:23. – Buchnevich, 7:05. Folk, 31:10 (large). Kairu, 32:46, 36:17. Kostin, 34:40, 35:27. Barbashev, 52:25.
Two days ago, Shesterkin was recognized as the first star after the victory in Montreal (3: 1), and this is the new success of the Russian goalkeeper.
He became the main creator of the victory over Toronto, whose attack is satiated with superstars. And then Auston Matthews returned to the Maple Leaves after the operation.
Probably, it was he who, according to the Hollywood storyline, was supposed to become the hero of the match in front of his fans. But Hollywood is in California and Toronto is in Canada. Shesterkin parried 8 shots from Matthews, like everything that flew from Marner, Tavares, Nylander …
Once the hosts did knock our goalkeeper, but the main time ended with the score 1: 1. And in overtime, it was Artemy Panarin's turn, who brought victory to the guys from Broadway.
Shesterkin was again recognized as the first star of the match: 40 saves on Igor's account. For comparison, his partners scored 23 shots on goal against Toronto. An illogical, therefore even more valuable victory.
“Igor was just incredible today! I don't like to rely on my goalkeeper that much. But he kept us in the game and we stole two points – thanks to him, ”Rangers head coach Gerard Galland said after the match.
“He was beautiful, very effective, – this is the defender Jacob Truba. – When you don't have a game, sometimes you need your goalkeeper to steal it for you. Shesterkin definitely did it tonight. “
Toronto Maple Leafs (Toronto) – New York Rangers (New York) – 1: 2 OT (0: 1, 1: 0, 0: 0, 0: 1)
Goals: Bunting, 21:36. – Zybanejad, 13:50. Panarin, 63:48.