Roope Hintz from Dallas has been one of the toughest Finnish names in the current NHL season.
Although Hintz has been bullied by a lower body injury throughout the season and has had to miss several matches because of it, the imprint of a 24-year-old Tampereer on the ice has been numb.
On Friday morning, Chicago fell into the teeth of Dallas ’number one center.
In a 5-1 win, Hintz rotted the powers 1 + 3 and kicked the best player of the match.
It was the first four-power point match of Hintz’s NHL career.
Hintz set the pace for a away win by hitting a 1-0 hit on the loose puck immediately in the opening round.
In the second installment, he escorted Dallas to the run by first feeding his brilliant comrade-in-chief Jason Robertson a 2-1 goal and later bringing Miro Heiskanen a 3-1 lead over.
In the final round, Hintz nodded once more.
Dallas is still hanging out in the playoffs, but an easy chore isn’t ahead in the final month of the regular season.
Its difference to Nashville in the last playoff spot is seven points, but Dallas has played three games less.
Hintz have now scored a whopping 12 + 16 = 28 points in his 27 matches.
The most surprising Finnish name of the season has been Janne Kuokkanen from New Jersey, 22.
Kuokkanen has not only established the playing field from the attack of the Devils, but has also collected power points at a comfortable pace.
In the 6–3 victory against Buffalo, Kuokkanen scored 1 + 2.
Kuokkanen first fed the goals of his chain mate Jack Hughes and Yegor Sharangovich and hit himself empty at the end of the last rivet.
The trio, marked as the team's number one chain, was in the attack, as each of them made a power of 1 + 2.
Janne Kuokkanen (left) is one of the big winners of the season. Photo: Geoff Burke / USA Today Sports
The Devils season ends in the regular season, and the team is already trading their players.
From Kuokkanen's point of view, however, transactions only mean an increase in responsibility.
After 33 games, Kuokkas now has 6 + 13 = 19 powers.
Oulu has been the ninth most efficient Finn of the season.
With his powers on Friday morning, Kuokkanen overtook Patrik Laine, among others, in the points statistics, who was once again without power points.
Game time record for Puljujärvi
Jesse Puljujärvi, who played alongside superstars Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl in Edmonton's No. 1 chain, clocked his NHL career record time in a 3-1 away win over Ottawa.
Puljujärvi cooled on ice for the first time this season for more than 20 minutes (20.39).
A lot of the confidence gained by Puljujärvi is said by the fact that he was also on the ice at the last minute when the Oilers defended the goal lead.
The Tornio man also thanked for the responsibility by skillfully robbing the puck and throwing away his ninth goal of the season.
You can watch the paint here.
By the way, Puljujärvi was once again on a greedy head and fired a total of four shots towards the goal.
Edmonton has already practically secured its playoff spot.
Ottawa in particular was a real slot machine for it this season, as the Oilers won all nine encounters of the teams in actual game time.
Finnish Stock Exchange
Mikko Rantanen, Colorado 22 + 24 = 46 (39 Ott.)
Alexander Barkov, Florida 16 + 26 = 42 (35)
Sebastian Aho, Carolina 16 + 21 = 37 (39)
Joonas Donskoi, Colorado 15 + 13 = 28 (39)
Roope Hintz, Dallas 12 + 16 = 28 (27)
Kasperi Kapanen, Pittsburgh 7 + 14 = 21 (30)
Miro Heiskanen, Dallas 6 + 15 = 21 (38)
Eeli Tolvanen, Nashville 10 + 9 = 19 (31)
Janne Kuokkanen, New Jersey 6 + 13 = 19 (33)
Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Montreal 5 + 14 = 19 (37)
Buffalo Sabers – New Jersey Devils 3–6 (1–3, 2–0, 0–3) B: Henri Jokiharju 0 + 1, N: Janne Kuokkanen 1 + 2
New York Islanders – Philadelphia Flyers 3–2 p.
(2–1, 0–1, 0–0, 1–0) N: Leo Komarov 0 + 1
New York Rangers – Pittsburgh Penguins 2–5 (0–1, 1–2, 1–2) N: Kaapo Kakko 0 + 1
Washington Capitals – Boston Bruins 2–4 (0–2, 2–1, 0–1)
Carolina Hurricanes – Florida Panthers 3–0 (1–0, 1–0, 1–0) C: Sebastian Aho 1 + 0
Columbus Blue Jackets – Tampa Bay Lightning 4–6 (1–4, 1–2, 2–0) C: Joonas Korpisalo 3/6 rep.
Montreal Canadiens – Winnipeg Jets 2–4 (1–3, 1–0, 0–1) M: Jesperi Kotkaniemi 0 + 2
Ottawa Senators – Edmonton Oilers 1–3 (0–0, 1–1, 0–2) E: Jesse Puljujärvi 1 + 0
Detroit Red Wings – Nashville Predators 1–7 (0–0, 1–3, 0–4) N: Erik Haula 1 + 1, Mikael Granlund 1 + 0, Juuse Saros 25/26 ref.
Chicago Blackhawks – Dallas Stars 1–5 (1–1, 0–3, 0–1) C: Kevin Lankinen 29/34 rep.
D: Roope Hintz 1 + 3, Miro Heiskanen 1 + 0, Esa Lindell 0 + 1