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: Draisaitl leads Edmonton to the semifinals
National ice hockey player Leon Draisaitl led his Edmonton Oilers to the playoff semifinals of the North American Professional League NHL with yet another gala. The 26-year-old contributed four assists in 5-4 after overtime against the Calgary Flames and extended his record. Edmonton won the best-of-seven series 4-1 and is in the final of the Western Conference.
Draisaitl can therefore continue to dream of his first Stanley Cup, having previously failed in the quarter-finals most recently in his eight seasons with the Oilers. Born in Cologne, he managed his fifth playoff game in a row with at least three points, and with four games he had already become the only record holder. In addition, he was the first NHL player to deliver four templates in a third of a playoff game in the third duel.
On Friday night, Draisaitl set the winning goal for his friendly partner Connor McDavid in “Battle of Alberta” after five minutes of extra time. Prior to that, he also contributed assists to the goals of Darnell Nurse, Zach Hyman and Evan Bouchard in the second third. Overall, the German superstar has seven goals and 19 assists in twelve playoff games this season. Edmonton won its last of five Stanley Cups in 1990.
Colorado Avalanche around the German international Nico Sturm and St. Louis Blues, Colorado leads the series 3-2 to decide the Oilers’ opponent in the semifinals. In the East, defending champions Tampa Bay Lightning have already been confirmed as the first entrants to the conference finals, and the Carolina Hurricanes took a 3-1 lead over the New York Rangers in a row with a 3-2 lead.
Basketball: Kleber and Dallas miss the big goal – Golden State reaches the final
The Dallas Mavericks and national player Maximilian Kleber failed in the North American professional basketball league NBA shortly before the big goal. By beating the Golden State Warriors 110-120 in game five, the Texans lost the series best of seven 4-1 and were eliminated in the playoff semifinals. Dallas has been waiting for a return to the NBA Finals since winning the title in 2011.
“Great season. Proud of the boys,” tweeted superstar Dirk Nowitzki after the end of his Mavs, which he triumphed with eleven years ago. Kleber had seven points, one assist and eight rebounds in the deciding game. The best pitcher in Dallas was star player Luka Doncic with 28 points.
After the recent successes in 2015, 2017 and 2018, Golden State is again after the title, in the final, Stephen Curry and Co. will meet. Boston Celtics with national team player Daniel Theis or Miami Heat. “It’s a blessing for us to get back to where we belong,” said Curry, who was named Western Conference Playoffs MVP.
For the sixth time in the last eight years, the Warriors, where Klay Thompson dominated with 32 points, are in the final. No NBA team has managed to do this since the Chicago Bulls with superstar Michael Jordan, who won all six finals between 1991 and 1998.
“Being in the finals six times in eight years just requires a tremendous amount of skill, determination and work, and I couldn’t be prouder of my boys,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. Golden State has missed the playoffs in the last two seasons.