Game 4: Oilers at Flames
There was a virtual hockey game between the Oilers and the Flames on Tuesday; however, the real story was the apparent fear of Harvey the Hound for the entirety of this hockey game. Who could be he thinking about?
In the game itself, Tyler Ennis shone once again, reminiscent of a 2006 Fernando Pisani with his 3rd and 4th goals of the series. He now leads the entire Playoff scoring race with 4 goals and 4 assists for 8 points.
Josh Archibald rewarded virtual Dave Tippett for his decision to add him to the lineup in place of Andreas Athanasiou, by opening the scoring and adding a second goal in the 3rd period.
Mike Smith was great once again in the pipes for Edmonton. Cam Talbot countered for Calgary, looking shaky at times and posting a .900 SV% on 50 shots.
This series is headed back up the virtual QEII to Edmonton, where much to the delight of Dustin Nielson, there will once again be a press box that does not stink of cattle and horse feces.
Full video highlights from the game can be found here.
Game 5 goes Thursday night, April 16th at 7:00pm MDT, live on our Facebook page.
EDM – Archibald (1) – Neal, Sheahan
CGY – Rieder (2) – Bennett, Jankowski
EDM – Nugent Hopkins (1) – Kassian, Nurse
CGY – Ryan (1) – Lucic, Gustafsson
CGY – Mangiapane (1) – Gustafsson, Forbort
EDM – Ennis (3) – Benning, Green
EDM – Archibald (2) – Klefbom, Larsson
EDM – McDavid (4) – Nugent Hopkins, Neal
CGY – Monahan (1) – Backlund, Giordano
EDM – Ennis (4) – Kassian, Klefbom
3 Stars (1-3):
Ennis, Archibald, Kassian
Oilers Lead Series 3-1
The virtual NHL has launched a formal investigation into the apparent impalement of Elias Lindholm by Mike Green.
Here's What Happened
in the Rest of the League:
Game 4: St. Louis Blues at Winnipeg Jets
The Blues were antsy to get out of Winnipeg after Sundays’ game.
“I can’t believe a place in North America still exists where there is no such thing as wifi,” said Ryan O’Reilly, in his media availability on Sunday morning.
Clearly, the Jets felt the same way; so much so that they didn’t even show up for Game 4.
It was all St. Louis right from puckdrop, with Carl Gunnarsson scoring two quick ones to begin the 1st. The Blues never looked back, cruising to a decisive 6-1 victory and taking a 3-1 series lead.
Unfortunately for them, they will also have to cruise down the highway to Fargo, North Dakota to fly home to Missouri, as Winnipeg does not have an airport.
STL – Gunnarsson (2) – Schenn, O’Reilly
STL – Gunnarsson (3) – Pietrangelo, Kyrou
WPG – Scheifele (1) – Connor, Wheeler
STL – Steen (1) – Pietrangelo
STL – Schwartz (2) – Schenn, Parayko
STL – Sanford (2) – Dunn
STL – Blais (1) – Barbashev, Pietrangelo
Gunnarsson, Pietrangelo, Schwartz
Blues Lead Series 3-1
Game 4: Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes
Is Alex Ovechkin still feeling the effects of his 3-month party back in 2018?
If you have to ask the question, you already know the answer. The otherwise superstar has been nonexistent in the playoffs thus far, a trend that continued in Game 4, where Ovechkin picked up a lone assist.
The Storm Surge was strong once again in this one, as Carolina stuck around all game before dealing a final 3rd period blow to the Capitals on the hands of Jake Gardiner.
Washington has been swept in the first round, as the Hurricanes will move on to face the winner of the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh series, which could be decided as early as Wednesday night.
CAR – Gardiner (1) – Niederreiter, Necas
WSH – Kuznetsov (1) – Ovechkin, Wilson
Car – Fleury (1) – Necas
WSH – Dowd (1) – Panik
WSH – Vrana (2) – Oshie, Carlson
CAR – Staal (1) – Necas, Gardiner
CAR – Gardiner (2) – Dzingel, Martinhook
WSH – Carlson (2) – Backstrom, Vrana
CAR - Gardiner (3) – Williams, Stall (@17:15)
Gardiner, Necas, Staal
Hurricanes Sweep Series 4-0
Game 4: Boston Bruins at New York Islanders
The first three games of the series have been hard-fought, tight checking battles between the Bruins and Islanders, with Boston winning 2 of the first 3.
Game 4 brought much of the same, as a score-free first period had lots of hits and post-whistle scrums. Brad Marchand finally opened the scoring in the second, off of a beautiful feed from Patrice Bergeron.
After the goal, the Bruins could be heard chanting “Go Leafs, go!” from their bench, clearly hoping for a second round series against Toronto, which they feel they could handle without issue.
The Islanders would tie it up in the 3rd, but David Pastrnak would find the scoresheet once more with just 2 minutes left on the clock, sealing the victory for the Bruins.
Boston heads home with a chance to win the series in five games at the virtual TD Garden, in fake Boston.
BOS – Marchand (2) – Bergeron, Pastrnak
NYI – Komarov (1) – Pulock, Koivula
BOS – Pastrnak (2) – Unassisted
Marchand, Pastrnak, Rask
Bruins Lead Series 3-1
Game 4: Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins
The Flyers had an opportunity to sweep the Penguins on Wednesday and earn some much needed rest before beginning their second round against the Hurricanes, who swept the Capitals the night prior.
Before the game could even start, a heavily intoxicated Flyers fan instigated a fight with Penguins mascot, Iceburgh.
The fan was shown to the exit, receiving a lifetime ban from virtual PPG Paints Arena. Iceburgh, on the other hand, was treated by EMTs on-site and released.
There was a game on Wednesday as well, believe it or not; and much closer than the final score suggests, the rivalry between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh was alive and well in this game.
Three separate fights to end the 2nd period saw over 35 minutes of penalties handed out, as the Penguins took a 3-0 lead to the 3rd.
The Flyers struck three times in the 3rd, but it wasn’t enough, as Malkin and Crosby (with his 1st of the Playoffs) would add 2 empty netters to win 6-3 and avoid elimination. Game 5 will be back in the City of Brotherly Love on Friday.
PIT – Pettersson (1) – Hornqvist, Malkin
PIT – Malkin (1) – Hornqvist, Rust
PIT – Sheary (2) – Pettersson, Simon
PHI – Sanheim (1) – Grant, Pitlick
PHI – Van Riemsdyk (2) – Pitlick, Niskanen
PIT – Hornqvist (3) – Malkin, Rust
PHI – Hayes (1) – Braun, Konecny
PIT – Malkin (2) (ENG) – Unassisted
PIT – Crosby (1) (ENG) – Unassisted
Malkin, Hornqvist, Pettersson
Flyers Lead Series 3-1
Game 4: Tampa Bay Lightning at Toronto Maple Leafs
Nightmares of last year’s 1st round exit could come back to haunt the Lightning, if they are unable to get by the Leafs.
“Why should [the Leafs] even bother winning this series?” said Lightning Head Coach John Cooper, pregame on Wednesday, “They’re just going to lose to Boston anyways."
Cooper's comments didn’t sit well with the Leafs, who got back at him by scoring twice in the first 6 minutes of the hockey game.
After their first goal, John Tavares reached into the Lightning bench for a fist-bump from Cooper. He was given a 10 minute misconduct for the move and didn’t see any more action until the 2nd.
Brayden Point was the story of the game, tying it at 3 just 45 seconds into the 3rd period.
The Leafs went on the powerplay with under a minute left in the 3rd period, but it was Point again, intercepting a brutally ill-advised pass from Tyson Barrie shorthanded. Point undressed Freddy Andersen on the breakaway to take the lead and ultimately Game 4.
The series returns to Tampa Bay, tied at 2 games apiece.
TOR – Tavares (2) – Sandin, Barrie
TOR – Gauthier (1) – Barrie, Spezza
TBL – Point (2) – Kucherov
TBL – Hedman (1) – Cirelli, Killorn
TOR – Nylander (2) – Malgin, Tavares
TBL – Point (3) – Kucherov, Stamkos
TBL – Point (4) – Sergachev
Point, Tavares, Barrie
Series Tied 2-2
Game 4: Colorado Avalanche at Dallas Stars
Game 4 was a “must win” for the Avalanche, according to virtual head coach Jared Bednar and it appeared the Avs were ready to fulfill their coaches' wishes for the first two periods.
Nathan Mackinnon got on the scoreboard early with his first of the series, putting the Avalanche up 1-0 just 1:28 into the 1st period and followed it up with a second, with just under 4 minutes left in the frame.
The 2nd period was much of the same, as the Avalanche put up 3, taking a commanding 5-0 lead into the 3rd.
However, 3 goals from the Stars in the first 6 minutes of the final frame sparked some life in the club, specifically Jamie Oleksiak, who picked a fight with Nikita Zadorov midway through the frame, further igniting the fire beneath the Stars. Tyler Seguin and Joe Pavelski would complete the comeback late in the 3rd, in a thrilling final 6 minutes.
Discipline got the best of the Stars to end the 3rd, with 2 penalties (Charging, Puck Over The Glass) in the final 18 seconds, giving the Avalanche a 5 on 3 to start the first overtime period.
They would make no mistake, as Nate the Great would complete the natural hat-trick just 36 seconds into the frame, sending this series back to Denver knotted at 2 games apiece.
COL – MacKinnon (1) – Landeskog, Burakovsky
COL – MacKinnon (2) – Landeskog, Makar
COL – Compher (3) – Jost, Donskoi
COL – Burakovsky (1) – MacKinnon
COL – Kamenev (1) – Landeskog, Johnson
DAL – Radulov (2) – Janmark
DAL – Cogliano (2) – Faksa
DAL – Hintz (2) – Faksa
DAL – Seguin (3) – Hintz, Gurianov
DAL – Pavelski (4) – Unassisted
COL – MacKinnon (3) – Burakovsky, Landeskog
MacKinnon, Landeskog, Burakovsky
Series Tied 2-2
Game 4: Las Vegas Golden Knights at Vancouver Canucks
Riot police were in full force outside the virtual Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Wednesday, ready to use any means necessary for crowd control.
If only they had been able to control Elias Pettersson, who broke out to a 2 goal, 3 assist outing.
The Swede was reminiscent of a young Daniel Sedin, who happened to be out for a run with brother Henrik during the game, stopping in to say “hallå!” to the team in the second intermission.
Clearly, the gesture sparked something in the young Canucks, as they went on the score 4 goals in the 3rd period, running away with a 6-4 victory and tying the series at 2.
The Canucks will head back to the Waldorf Astoria on the Las Vegas Strip, hoping to be more disciplined about their post-game-festivities in Sin City this time around.
VAN – Miller (1) – Pettersson, Toffoli
VAN – Tanev (1) – Pettersson, Miller
VGK – Cousins (2) – Theodore, Carrier
VAN – Pettersson (2) – Toffoli, Edler
VAN – Toffoli (1) – Hughes, Pettersson
VGK – Stone (1) – Pacioretty, Karlsson
VGK – Stone (2) – Quinney, Nosek
VAN – Roussel (2) – Gaudette, Hughes
VAN – Pettersson (3) – Eriksson
Pettersson, Toffoli, Miller
Series Tied 2-2
Playoff Scoring Leaders
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