Draisaitl with four scorer points at the start of the NHL season

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Draisaitl with four scorer points at the start of the NHL season

While most Europeans are asleep, the North American professional leagues are buzzing. What Happened That Night in American Football, Basketball, and Ice Hockey.

Draisaitl and Seider strong

The German ice hockey star Leon Draisaitl presented himself in top form again at the start of the season in the North American professional league NHL. The Cologne native scored four points in his Edmonton Oilers’ 5-3 win over the Seattle Kraken with German keeper Philipp Grubauer. Draisaitl scored the 3-2 lead and set up goals from Ryson Barrie, Evander Kane and his brilliant strike partner Connor McDavid. National goalkeeper Grubauer made 34 saves.

Draisaitl, Germany’s Sportsman of the Year 2020, is finally aiming for the big coup with Edmonton after participating in the semifinals last season. “When you come back after a season like that, a run like that and playoffs like that, you can really see yourself as a contender for the Stanley Cup,” said the 26-year-old.

Like Leon Draisaitl, Moritz Seider also had a successful start to the new season. The exceptional talent, the best NHL rookie last season, celebrated a 4-2 win with the Detroit Red Wings at the Toronto Maple Leafs. Seider remained without a scorer point.

Former Munich player John Peterka lost 7-1 at home to the Pittsburgh Penguins with the Buffalo Sabers, while international Nico Sturm lost 4-1 to the Nashville Predators with the San Jose Sharks. The game took place as part of the NHL Global Series in Prague.

After Sturm missed the 3-1 win in the friendly against German champions Eisbären Berlin last Tuesday, he had a good eleven minutes of ice time against the Predators. The attacker had just moved from Stanley Cup winner Colorado Avalanche to San Jose before the season.

(RP/SID/dpa)

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