Nedelkovic had not played since October 24 due to a lower body injury, but in his return match he saved all 38 shots of the hockey players of the champion team and was recognized as the first star of the game. It was Nedelkovic’s first dry game of the season and eighth of his NHL career.
In an effort to regain game practice last week, the Pittsburgh-based goaltender played in the American Hockey League (AHL) and scored a goal for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins against the Providence Bruins, becoming the first AHL goaltender to score two goals.
In the NHL this season, Nedelkovičs appeared in goal in three matches, won two games, allowed two pucks on average and saved 94.4% of shots.
Ryan Graves, Noel Acjari and Evgeni Malkin scored for the winners, but team captain Sidney Crosby’s 11-game point streak ended.
With 18 points in 17 matches, the Penguins are in tenth place in the Eastern Conference, while the Golden Knights, despite their third loss in the last four games, are first in the Western Conference with 28 points in 19 matches.
In another match on Sunday, the Anaheim “Ducks” team lost at home, losing 1:3 (0:2, 1:1, 0:0) to the Saint Louis “Blues” hockey players.
Jake Naibor, Alexey Toropchenko and Pavel Buchnevich each scored for the winners, while Joel Hofer saved 30 of 31 home shots.
In the “Ducks” team, which suffered its third loss in a row, Mason McTavish’s only hit was on his account.