Hockey striker Dominik Kubalík conquered the opening day of the extended elimination fights for the Stanley Cup in the NHL. The 24-year-old native of Pilsen became the first player in the more than 100-year history of the famous competition to score five points during his debut in the elimination round. With two goals and three passes, he helped Chicago win 6: 4 over Edmonton.
He also overshadowed Edmonton strikers Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid, the two most productive players in the entire core.
Kubalík confirmed the reputation of the shooter during the power play, in which he increased in the second period from 4: 2 to 6: 2. He first pushed himself with a blow without preparation from the right circle and then it flows.
“We saw power ups in training, we didn’t have very good ones during the season,” said Kubalík. “We tried to play easily, shoot and hit. And it worked. We were well prepared for the match and I think we succeeded. The first goals also boosted our confidence. I hope that the power play will work for us in the next matches as well,” he added. .
Chicago coach Jeremy Colliton praised the interplay of the entire elite line. Captain Jonathan Toews scored three points (2 + 1) and Brandon Saad two (1 + 1).
“They understood each other very well in the offensive zone. They were able to relax in goal positions and Kubalík has a great shot. The boy is training very well, and he is still improving,” said Colliton Kubalík, who scored thirty goals finalists for the award for the best rookie of the NHL season.
Toews also highlighted Kubalík’s canonical talents. “He’s extremely smart at how he can find a vacancy and disengage from his opponents. He doesn’t even need much time to shoot. That’s a great thing, especially in today’s hockey. I think he’ll score a lot more goals,” said one of the the biggest stars of the league to the address of the Czech forward.
However, with his performances, Kubalík increasingly refutes that he was just a shooter. Already in the opening period, he scored three passes and helped to turn to 4: 1. In two cases, under pressure, he released Toews beautifully. With three points in his inaugural third of his career in the NHL knockout battles, he also became the first newcomer to do so.
“We keep reminding ourselves that we have to cover the puck well and he’s very good at this. He can tie up his opponents and then pass well. He creates chances. He can also score goals. He’s a complex player, he helps me and Jonny a lot,” he said. Kubalík and Saad.
“He’s really getting better and better with more matches. Even today, everyone could see that he was more of a playmaker than a shooter. It’s fun to watch him play. And of course it’s also fun to have such a player in the same formation,” Toews added.
Of the Czech players in the history of the NHL playoffs, David Pastrňák from Boston and Patrik Eliáš from New Jersey collected the most points. Pastrňák scored six points for three goals and the same number of passes in the Bruins over Toronto 7: 3 on April 14, 2018. On April 22, 2006, Elijah added four assists to the two goals during the Devils’ victory over the Rangers.