US sports compact Draisaitls Oilers lose top game in West
Dusseldorf · While most Europeans are asleep, the North American professional leagues are buzzing. What Happened That Night in American Football, Basketball, and Ice Hockey.
Ice hockey: Draisaitls Oilers’ winning streak ended in the top game
Despite a strong performance with his Edmonton Oilers, Leon Draisaitl suffered a defeat in the top game of the Western Conference of the NHL professional ice hockey league. The team of the native of Cologne lost 3:4 after extra time against the Vegas Golden Knights, Draisaitl scored a goal himself and prepared another one. He has now already collected 112 scorer points.
It was the first loss in five wins for the Oilers, but they are still on course for the playoffs. Edmonton is fifth in the West, with Vegas first. In the third minute of extra time, Nicolas Roy ensured the decision in favor of the Golden Knights.
For Tim Stützle and the Ottawa Senators, on the other hand, there was a defeat: The New Jersey Devils lost the Senators 3:5, Stützle scored two goals and has 81 points. While the Devils secured their ticket to the playoffs, Ottawa’s chances of making the finals are dwindling.
Basketball: Denver Nuggets win NBA top game against Milwaukee Bucks
The Denver Nuggets clearly won the top game in the NBA against the Milwaukee Bucks. On Saturday (local time) the best basketball team in the west beat the leader in the east with 129:106 (63:66).
The Nuggets turned the game around midway through the third quarter, dominating and pulling away. Nikola Jokic led the Nuggets with 31 points and 11 assists, the Serb has won the Most Valuable Player award for the past two seasons and is also considered this season’s MVP contender. On the other hand, Giannis Antetokounmpo had twice won the award for the best NBA player before Jokic, the Greek scored 31 points and nine rebounds, but disappointed after the break.
In the other top game of the North American basketball league, the Phoenix Suns defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 125:105 (58:53), although they still had to do without their superstar Kevin Durnt. Devin Booker was the top scorer at Phoenix with 29 points. The Suns edged out the Los Angeles Clippers for fourth place in the west as the Clippers suffered a 110-131 (56-68) home loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pelicans set a team all-season record with 21 three-pointers converted.
The Atlanta Hawks also set a team best with 143 points, in the 143:130 (72:74) home win over the Indiana Pacers they had to do without Trae Young from the middle of the third quarter. Atlanta’s leader was sent off after violently passing the ball to the referee after a technical foul.
Ice hockey: Grubauer celebrates a runaway victory – Sturm hits and loses
Goalie Philipp Grubauer is still on the play-off course with the Seattle Kraken in the North American professional ice hockey league NHL. In the second game within 24 hours at the Nashville Predators, Seattle celebrated a 7-2 (2-0, 1-1, 4-1) thrashing and thus avenged the 1-2 defeat after a penalty shoot-out the day before.
Grubauer was in goal for the full ice age and parried 14 of 16 shots. In the Pacific Division, Seattle, currently a wild card rank for the playoffs, temporarily reduced the gap to third-placed Edmonton Oilers to two points. The team of the exceptional German player Leon Draisaitl welcomes the top team in the division, the Vegas Golden Knights, on Sunday night.
Meanwhile, national player Moritz Seider and the Detroit Red Wings continue to have negative runs. The Michigan franchise lost 3-0 (0-0, 0-2, 0-1) at the Philadelphia Flyers and suffered their fifth defeat in the past six games. Seventh in the Atlantic Division, Detroit is a long way from the playoffs.
The worst team in the league remains the San Jose Sharks around Stanley Cup winner Nico Sturm. The Sharks, who can no longer qualify for the playoffs, lost to the Calgary Flames 3:5 (1:2, 2:1, 0:2). It was the ninth bankruptcy in a row, although the guests had turned an early 0-2 deficit, also thanks to Sturm’s 14th goal of the season.
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