Düsseldorf While most Europeans are asleep, the North American professional leagues are buzzing. What Happened That Night in American Football, Basketball, and Ice Hockey.
Hockey: Kings and Lightning lose at NHL opener
Former national ice hockey coach Marco Sturm lost the start of the NHL season with the Los Angeles Kings. There was a 3:4 against the Vegas Golden Knights in an intense game. Sturm is the Kings’ assistant coach for the fifth year and in the home game on Tuesday evening (local time) was able to celebrate Gabriel Vilardi’s lead in the first third, but then fell behind three times. Mark Stone scored the winning goal for the guests from Nevada 24.9 seconds before the end of regulation time.
Earlier, the Tampa Bay Lightning unexpectedly lost 3-1 to the New York Rangers. The Florida side, two-time Stanley Cup winners in the past three years and finalists last season, never recovered after Mika Zibanejad’s second goal and conceded a third through Barclay Goodrow. Steven Stamkos scored the only goal for the Lightning.
The NHL season started last week with the San Jose Sharks playing two games against the Nashville Predators in Prague. Tuesday night’s two games were the first games of the season in North America.
Football: NFL professional Johnson is surprised at the few kickers from Germany
NFL pro Jakob Johnson from the Las Vegas Raiders is surprised at the few European players in the National Football League. “I’m still waiting a bit for the whole thing to increase in German football. You would actually think that there should be hundreds or thousands of good kickers in Germany,” said the Stuttgarter in his podcast “What happens in Vegas”. You might have to explain to the German footballers that they can concentrate on kicking and don’t necessarily have to seek contact with opponents.
The only kicker from Germany who is active at the highest level, Dominik Eberle from Nuremberg, has just been released by the Detroit Lions. In his only game of the season in early October, he hit a field goal from 49 yards, but missed two extra points in the narrow loss.