January 21, 2022

Ottawa — Toronto NHL Match Review -11.05.2021

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On May 11, Toronto, which won five matches in a row, hosted the Ottawa team, which had one win in the last six games. 

In the first period, it seemed that the hosts would win the match easily. At the end of the first ten minutes, the Toronto team was able to hit the goal of Ottawa twice. Both times, it was Auston Matthews, the best sniper of the season, who was able to score. The second period of the match started with the Toronto attacks, which more than once could make the score devastating, but Ottawa’s goaltender Anton Forsberg allowed his team to stay in the game. By the middle of the period, Ottawa was able to level the game and produce a stunning four-minute series, scoring three goals. First, Drake Batherson closed the gap, then Alex Formenton made the score equal, and a couple of minutes later, Michael Amadio won a throw-in in the opponent’s zone, and Tim Stützle immediately put his team ahead.

The teams left for a second break with a score of 4:3 in favor of team Toronto. Matthews was able to complete his hat trick after he had got the puck from Marner.

Third Period Intrigue

The third period, like the previous two ones, started with the attacks of Toronto, and Ilya Mikheev scored his sixth goal in the season. Ottawa was able to return intrigue to the match again in the eighth minute of the third period. Yevgeny Dadonov received the puck from Chris Tierney in the middle zone and gave an excellent pass to Connor Brown, who scored in the seventh game in a row. Still, this didn’t help to win. Ottawa lost with a score of 6:5 in favor of Toronto.

Best Player of the Match

The star of the match became Auston Matthews, who scored the third hat trick in his career. So, the Toronto forward increased the gap between him and his pursuers in the list of best snipers of the season. 

Matthews had thirty-one successful throws, followed by Mikko Rantanen from Colorado and Connor McDavid from Edmonton, who had twenty-three successful throws each. The star of Washington, Alexander Ovechkin, hit the opponent’s goal twenty-one times at the moment and is unlikely to be able to compete for the title of the best sniper in the league.