Düsseldorf 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: Draisaitl loses with the Oilers at the start
Leon Draisaitl and his Edmonton Oilers conceded a defeat at the start of the NHL quarterfinals after an offensive spectacle with a total of 15 goals. In the 6:9 at the Calgary Flames, the German ice hockey superstar scored the interim 5:6 and scored two more goals. However, Draisaitl could not prevent the defeat, a total of four wins are necessary to advance to the next round.
Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk topped with three goals. The Flames laid the foundation for the success with three goals within the first six minutes. Oilers goalie Mike Smith left the ice after this furious opening phase and was replaced by Mikko Koskinen. Edmonton then showed morale and equalized at the beginning of the last period, but the Oilers had no answer to Rasmus Andersson’s goal to make it 7:6 (43 rd ).
Meanwhile, the Carolina Hurricanes presented in their series against the New York Rangers. Ian Cole scored the winning goal in extra time to make it 2-1. The next duels of the series are scheduled for the night of Saturday (CEST).
Basketball: Clap for the Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks were clearly beaten by the Golden State Warriors at the start of the Western Conference Finals in the NBA. On Wednesday (local time) the Texans in the North American professional basketball league lost their away game in San Francisco with 87:112 (45:54).
This is the third time the Mavericks have lost in the opener of a series in the playoffs. “We’ve always found an answer,” commented Dallas head coach Jason Kidd. In the first game against Golden State, Dallas found no response against the Warriors’ defense, with the visitors hitting just 36 percent of their shots from the field and 23 percent of their three-pointers.
Even superstar Luka Doncic could not build on his previously strong performance. With 20 points, the Slovenian was the Mavs’ top scorer, but lost the ball seven times and only had two points after the break. “We defended excellently. You have to defend in different ways against Doncic – he’s too good,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr.
Offensively, the Warriors convinced with balance: seven players scored double digits, Warriors star Stephen Curry led his team with 21 points and twelve rebounds. For the Mavs, German international Maxi Kleber recorded three points and three rebounds.
Basketball: Wagner in the team of the best rookies
German basketball pro Franz Wagner has been elected to the NBA’s so-called “All-Rookie First Team”. This puts the Orlando Magic winger among the top five rookies in the North American professional league.
84 of the 100 journalists entitled to vote voted Wagner into the “First Team”. The 20-year-old had a strong debut season in the NBA, averaging 15.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists. In the vote for the best rookie, the native of Berlin landed in fifth place.