Game 5: Flames vs Oilers
The simulation Oilers came storming out in this one, with 3 goals in the 1st period and a great start for goaltender Mike Smith. They looked poised to run away with this one and convincingly win the series, 4 games to 1.
Whatever the discussion in the Flames locker room was in the 1st intermission, it certainly fired up simulation Milan Lucic, who came out and scored his second of the series in the 2nd period. It would be the only goal of the frame, as both Mike Smith and David Rittich were excellent in the period.
A comedy of errors by the Oilers in the 3rd, paired with a shaky performance from their goaltender, quickly saw the Flames right back in this game, with 3 straight goals to tie things up. It was once again simulation Lucic, however, that brought us all back to reality, reminding us that this was in fact just a simulation, with his 2nd of the hockey game in the final 5 minutes of the period.
The Oilers had a chance to tie it up in the final 15 seconds of the game, when James Neal had a partial breakaway, but, he unfathomably decided that today was not the day to take a shot on goal and instead, circled back and dropped the puck to the point.
The Oilers had one more shot to tie the game in the dying moments of the third, with an offensive zone faceoff to David Rittich’s left, but simulation Tippett said “I don’t feel like winning tonight” and threw the Riley Sheahan line out to finish the game.
The Oilers take the 4-3 loss and will travel back to Calgary with another chance to win the series on Saturday night.
Full video highlights from the game can be found here.
Game 6 goes Saturday night, April 18th at 7:00pm MDT, live on our Facebook page.
EDM – Draisaitl (3) – Nugent-Hopkins, Larsson
EDM – Nugent-Hopkins (2) – Nurse, Neal
EDM – Sheahan (2) – McDavid
CGY – Lucic (2) – Mangiapane, Gustafsson
CGY – Bennett (2) – Rieder, Hanafin
CGY – Backlunk (2) – Mangiapane, Andersson
CGY – Lucic (3) – Ryan, Brodie
Oilers Lead Series 3-2
Caption: Ryan Nugent Hopkins celebrates his goal with his Oilers teammates
Caption: Milan Lucic celebrates his first of two goals, enroute to victory over the simulation Oilers
Here's What Happened
in the Rest of the League:
Game 5: Winnipeg Jets vs St. Louis Blues
The Blues were thrilled to be back in St. Louis on Thursday night.
“It’s so nice to not have to drive three and a half hours just to get to the nearest airport”, said Colton Parayko (referencing the fact that Winnipeg’s nearest airport is Fargo, North Dakota) as the team was greeted by media after they touched down in St. Louis, 9 hours after game-end, at almost 6’oclock in the morning on Wednesday.
The Jets, too, clearly enjoyed the change of scenery, as this game was close right from the drop of the puck.
It would be Sammy Blais tying it at 3 in the final moments of this one, forcing overtime in Game 5.
Just minutes into the overtime frame, Neal Pionk would pay dividends for the Jets, rifling one through traffic and past Jordan Binnington, to give the Jets the 4-3 victory, avoiding elimination.
Game 6 goes Saturday night, back in the cold, cold city of Winnipeg.
STL – Schwartz (3) – Perron, Pietrangelo
STL – Schenn (1) – Schwartz, Parayko
WPG – Connor (1) – Bitetto, Copp
WPG – Copp (2) – Connor, Pionk
WPG – Connor (2) – Laine, Copp
STL – Blais (2) – MacEachern, Gunnarsson
WPG – Pionk (1) – Morrissey, Wheeler
3 Stars: (1-3)
Connor, Copp, Pionk
St. Louis Leads Series 3-2
Caption: Sammy Blais ties Game 5 at 2, sending the game to overtime, where the Jets would eventually be victorious
Game 5: New York Islanders vs Boston Bruins
Game 5 picked up right where Game 4 ended off, with some hard hitting, good-old-fashioned playoff hockey.
A scoreless 1st period had no lack of entertainment, with a scrum after just about every whistle. Absent from the physical action, however, was Jordan Eberle, who seemingly disappeared anytime physicality found its way within 30 feet of him.
The Bruins would open the scoring in the 2nd, but it was short lived, as Anders Lee would get one right back to send this game to the third period tied at 1.
A thrilling 3rd period ended with Patrice Bergeron sealing the Islanders fate in the final 3 minutes, sending them to the golf course (which is closed) for the summer. Shockingly, the teams still exchanged handshakes during a global pandemic, again reminding us that this is a simulation.
The Bruins move on to face the winner of the Lightning-Leafs series.
BOS – Ritchie (2) – Coyle, Bjork
NYI – Lee (1) – Barzal, Pulock
BOS – Bergeron (2) – Pastrnak, DeBrusk
BOS – Marchand (3) – Pastrnak, Grzelcyk
3 Stars: (1-3)
Rask, Bergeron, Pastrnak
Bruins Win Series 4-1
Caption: Captains Zdeno Chara and Anders Lee shake hands (despite the global pandemic) after the Bruins win the series 4-1.
Game 5: Pittsburgh Penguins vs Philadelphia Flyers
After taking a 3-0 series lead, the Flyers were finally solved by the Penguins in Game 4, as Sidney Crosby found the goal column for the first time in this series.
The Penguins travelled to Philadelphia for Game 5 from simulation Pittsburgh International Airport. Their mascot, Iceburgh, insisted on joining the team flight to seek revenge against the Flyers fan who assaulted him in Game 4.
Unfortunately for Iceburgh (the penguin), he was informed just before departure that he is on the no-fly list. A spokesperson for Iceburgh told media shortly afterwards, "Just because Iceburgh is a penguin, shouldn’t mean that he can’t fly”.
Game 5 didn’t see much in the goals department, in fact, there were more fan ejections from simulation Wells Fargo Center than there were shots on goal in this game.
Brandon Tanev and Patrick Hörnqvist (with his 4th of the series) would keep the Penguins alive in the series, each scoring in the Penguins 2-1 defeat over the Flyers.
Game 6 is back in Pittsburgh on Sunday, where Iceburgh will be awaiting his next Flyers-fan-challenger.
PIT – Tanev (1) – Pettersson, McCann
PHI – Grant (1) – Laughton, Pitlick
PIT – Hörnqvist (4) – Malkin, Letang
3 Stars: (1-3)
Murray, Hart, Grant
Flyers Lead Series 3-2
Caption: Patrick Hörnqvist celebrates his go-ahead goal to seal it in Game 5
Game 5: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Tampa Bay Lightning
Before the Leafs’ could depart for Tampa Bay on Thursday morning, they were forced to disembark their plane to due mechanical issues. Luckily for them, Air Drake (a private Boeing 767) was available for the team to take down to Florida, instead.
In a media scrum upon their arrival in Florida, Drake answered each of the 13 questions he was asked with “767, man, this plane got double bedrooms,” before once again directing an odd comment, “Sweatpants, hair tied, chillin’ with no makeup on… that’s when you’re the prettiest, I hope that you don’t take that wrong,” at Maple Leafs correspondent Kyle Bukauskas.
Bukauskas was absent from the simulation Leafs television broadcast come game time.
Steven Stamkos was the story of the game, getting in the goal column for the first time in this series and following it up with 2 more in the 3rd, including the game-winner and an empty net goal to seal it.
The Leafs will head back to Toronto to try and fend off elimination on Sunday. Will Kyle Bukauskas be on Air Drake tonight? Time will tell.
TBL – Stamkos (1) – Kucherov, Point
TBL – Cernak (1) – Stamkos, Point
TOR – Gauthier (2) – Spezza, Clifford
TOR – Matthews (6) – Sandin
TBL – Stamkos (2) – Hedman, Cernak
TBL – Stamkos (2) (ENG) – Unassisted
3 Stars: (1-3)
Stamkos, Vasilevskiy, Cernak
Lightning Lead Series 3-2
Caption: Auston Matthews with a bullet from the hashmarks beats Andre Vasilevskiy for his 6th of the series
Caption: Steven Stamkos with his 2nd of the game in the final minutes, turning out to be the game-winner
Game 5: Dallas Stars vs Colorado Avalanche
This series has been all over the place so far with huge scoring totals, lots of penalties, and a few fights.
3 goals in the first 10 minutes of the game from the Stars hinted at another possible blowout, as Radulov, Sekera and Lindell all found twine early.
Blake Comeau would add to the Stars lead early in the 2nd period to take a commanding 4-0 lead. Nathan MacKinnon found the scoresheet for his 4th of the series to narrow the lead to 3.
Some life for the Avalanche as Ryan Graves dropped the mitts with Denis Gurianov, but it turned out to be too little, too late for the Avalanche, despite MacKinnon and Makar scoring the lone goals in the 3rd.
Dallas takes this one by a final score of 5-3, and will look to close out the series at home on Sunday.
DAL – Radulov (3) – Janmark, Pavelski
DAL – Sekera (1) – Faksa, Cogliano
DAL – Lindell (1) – Benn, Klingberg
DAL – Comeau (2) – Oleksiak
COL – MacKinnon (4) – Landeskog, Burakovsky
DAL – Faksa (2) – Klingberg, Lindell
COL – MacKinnon (5) – Burakovsky
COL – Makar (1) – Mackinnon
3 Stars: (1-3)
MacKinnon, Cole, Faksa
Stars Lead Series 3-2
Caption: Ryan Graves levels Denis Gurianov with a right fist in Game 5
Game 5: Las Vegas Golden Knights vs. Vancouver Canucks
Zack MacEwen found his way back into the lineup for Game 5 in Vegas, but not before serving his team punishment—being forced to stay at the Flamingo Hotel. Little did the Canucks know, this is where Zack's favourite bar, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville was located, where MacEwen spent most of his afternoon before puckdrop on Friday.
MacEwen would find the scoresheet exactly zero times in Friday’s game.
Elias Pettersson, on the other hand, continued his historic performance and climbed to the top of the simulation Playoff scoring leaderboard with another 2-goal performance, including the OT winner.
Pettersson undressed Brayden McNabb, before sniping on top corner on Robin Lehner, who has in goal on Friday in place of Marc-André Fleury (out with a lower body injury) to send the Canucks back to Vancouver with a 3-2 series lead.
VAN – Motte (1) – Hughes, Tanev
VAN – Pettersson (4) – Toffoli, Miller
VGK – Carrier (2) – Schmidt, Stephenson
VGK – Martinez (2) – Stone
VAN – Pettersson (5) – Edler
3 Stars: (1-3)
Pettersson, Markstrom, Carrier
Canucks Lead Series 3-2
Caption: Elias Pettersson scores just minutes into overtime and celebrates as the Canucks take a 3-2 series lead over the Golden Knights
Playoff Scoring Leaders
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