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      Round 1, Game 6 - Highlights from Around the League

      Game 6: Edmonton Oilers at Calgary Flames

      Twitter was furious Saturday night, after yet another questionable coaching decision by simulation Dave Tippett, this time leaving Mike Smith in net until after an offensive-zone faceoff with 23 seconds left in the game.

      Second after finally pulling Smith, Matthew Tkachuk would find the yawning cage from center ice, sealing the victory for the Flames and sending us to a Game 7 in Edmonton on Monday.

      Ex-Oiler Milan Lucic found the back of the net twice, moving into the team lead for goals in the series. Tobias Rieder was also able to find the back of the net in Game 6, further adding to Ken Holland’s nightmares overnight Saturday.

      The winning team on Monday will move on to the 2nd Round and be able to celebrate in a Rogers Place dressing room that doesn’t smell like a horse stable.

      Full video highlights from the game can be found here.

      Game 7 is Monday night, April 20th at 7:00pm MDT, live on our Facebook page.

      1st
      EDM – Draisaitl (4) – Nurse, Nugent Hopkins
      CGY – Backlund (3) – Mangiapane, Lucic

      2nd
      CGY – Lucic (4) – Unassisted
      CGY – Lucic (5) – Ryan
      CGY – Monahan (2) – Nahifin, Gaudreau

      3rd
      EDM – Nugent-Hopkins (3) – Draisaitl, Yamamoto
      CGY – Rieder (3) – Gaudreau, Giordano
      EDM – Chiasson (2) – Nygård, Haas
      CGY – Tkachuk (2) (ENG) – Unassisted

      3 Stars: (1-3)
      Lucic, Draisaitl, Rieder.

      Series Tied 3-3

      Caption: Tobias Rieder celebrates with his teammates after scoring in Game 6

      Here's What Happened
      in the Rest of the League:

      Game 6: Winnipeg Jets vs. St. Louis Blues

      The City of Winnipeg was buzzing for Game 6 on Wednesday, with crowds of fans spilling out for blocks outside of simulation MTS Centre.

      We interviewed a fan in a T-shirt, who said, “It’s really not that cold out, we’re Canadian, aren’t we?!,” despite the temperature falling to a cool -13°C by puckdrop.

      The Jets would need to bring their best game to force a Game 7 back in St. Louis and they did just that.

      Despite trailing by 1 after the 1st period, Patrick Laine would give the Jets the lead back in the 2nd, with his 3rd of the series.

      In the final moments of the 3rd, however, Ryan O’Reilly would take a sweet back-door feed from Brayden Schenn, forcing overtime.

      It would be Nicolaj Ehlers eventually giving the Jets the win in OT, much to the delight of T-shirt guy, who had now been outside (where the temperature had fallen to -21°C) for over 4 hours.

      He was offered medical attention for apparent frostbite, but denied, saying “I’m too Canadian for medical attention." 

      1st
      STL – Parayko (1) – Sundqvist, Pietrangelo

      2nd
      WPG - DeMelo (1) – Connor, Morrissey
      WPG – Laine (3) – Ehlers, Morrissey

      3rd
      STL – O’Reilly (4) – Schenn, Pietrangelo

      OT
      WPG – Ehlers (1) – Schiefele, Pionk

      3 Stars: (1-3)
      Ehlers, Pietrangelo, Laine

      Series Tied 3-3

      Caption: Nikolaj Ehlers rips one home in overtime, sending the series to Game 7

      Game 6: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers

      If there was a game to watch on Sunday, it was the Penguins-Flyers game, which was televised on ISN (Imaginary Sports Network).

      It was all Philadelphia in this one, right down to the 10 minute mark in the 3rd period.

      Provorov, Voracek and Raffl all found the scoresheet in the opening 40 minutes, giving the Flyers a commanding 3-0 lead. A second round berth looked all but guaranteed.

      Bryan Rust provided the Penguins a glimmer of hope with 9:47 left in the 3rd period, pulling them within two, but as time wound down, it would take a miracle for the Penguins to pull something off, still down 3-1 going into the final minute.

      What a miracle it was. Connor Sheary potted his 3rd of the series at 19:50, with just 10 seconds left on the clock to pull the Penguins within 1. It appeared to be too little, too late. However, just 6 seconds later he would bury another off of an unbelievable behind-the-back pass from Teddy Blueger. This game was heading to overtime.

      In the dying seconds of OT, Sidney Crosby would be the hero for the Pens, grabbing his second of the series and completing the comeback—from being down 3 games to none—now heading to a Game 7.

      1st
      PHI – Provorov (1) – Giroux

      2nd
      PHI - Voracek – (3) Couturier, Provorov
      PHI – Raffl (1) – Sanheim, Niskanen

      3rd
      PIT – Rust (1) – Crosby
      PIT – Sheary (3) – Pettersson, Schultz (19:50)
      PIT – Sheary (4) – Blueger, Pettersson (19:56)

      OT
      PIT – Crosby (2) – Zucker, Murray

      3 Stars: (1-3)
      Crosby, Sheary, Provorov

      Series Tied 3-3

      Caption: Connor Sheary scores with 4 seconds left in the 3rd, to tie the game and keep the Penguins season alive

      Caption: Sidney Crosby undresses Carter Hart for the game-winner in Overtime, sending this series to Game 7

      Game 6: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

      The simulation Maple Leafs elected to stay at a hotel in Toronto before Game 6, in order to remain focused on the task at hand. As they were checking in, however, Drake stormed into the lobby, yelling, “I do not stay at the [simulation] Intercontinental,” demanding the team cancel their reservation and find a more suitable hotel.

      Drake was also sure to advise media in the lobby that “anything [he drives] is not a rental,” before speeding away in a Rolls Royce.

      The Maple Leafs were forced to stay at a Holiday Inn, instead, as it was the only other hotel available, way out in Mississauga.

      The Leafs' subsequent lack of sleep got the best of them in Game 6, as they were unable to fend of Steven Stamkos and the Lightning, who take the game 4-3 and the series 4-2.

      Drake was spotted after the game wearing a Tampa Bay jersey, but—when reporters approached him—he ducked out into a waiting Chevrolet Suburban, which ironically had a Hertz Rent-A-Car decal on the bumper.

      1st
      No Scoring

      2nd
      TBL – Stamkos (4) – Point, Sergachev
      TBL – Kucherov (2) – Stamkos, Point
      TBL Killorn (1) – Cirelli, Coleman

      3rd
      TOR – Matthews (7) – Spezza, Barrie
      TOR – Nylander (3) – Matthews, Malgin
      TBL – Vergaeghe (1) – Maroon, Cernak

      3 Stars: (1-3)
      Vasilevskiy, Matthews, Stamkos

      Lightning Win Series 4-2

      Caption: John Tavares and Steven Stamkos exchange handshakes, as the Lightning win the series 4 games to 2

      Game 6: Dallas Stars vs. Colorado Avalanche

      Come Stanley Cup Finals, if there were ever to be an argument made for Nathan MacKinnon to win the Conn Smythe, his performance in Game 6 would be a good one.

      The Avalanche found themselves down 3-1 to start the 3rd period, when Nathan MacKinnon went into full beast-mode.

      The Avs' star made a gorgeous pass to Andre Burakovsky, who would find Gabriel Landeskog to tie this game at 3 apiece, with 10:35 to go in the 3rd. It was with 4:25 left, though, that MacKinnon would Bury his 6th of the series, giving the Avalanche a 4-3 lead.

      He would add an empty netter to seal Game 6 for his Playoff-leading 11th point. We will head to Game 7 back at the Simulation Pepsi Center in Denver. 

      1st
      DAL – Seguin (4) – Perry, Heiskanen

      2nd
      DAL – Comeau (3) – Cogliano, Faksa
      COL – Kamenev (2) – Compher, Jost
      DAL – Janmark (1) – Pavelski

      3rd
      COL – Jost (1) – Compher, Makar (14:30 mark)
      COL – Landeskog (2) – Burakovsky, MacKinnon (10:35 mark)
      COL – MacKinnon (6) – Burakovsky, Landeskog (4:25 mark)
      COL – MacKinnon (7) (ENG) – Johnson, Cole

      3 Stars: (1-3)
      MacKinnon, Landeskog, Burakovsky

      Series Tied 3-3

      Caption: Nathan MacKinnon continues his stellar play, with a rocket past Ben Bishop

      Game 6: Vancouver Canucks vs. Vegas Golden Knights

      The Golden Knights got off to a running start in this one, with two early goals in the 1st period. Max Pacioretty finally found twine, for his 1st of the series and Shea Theodore would add to the Knights lead just three minutes later.

      The 2nd started much the same way, with another from Pacioretty. The Knights looked poised to run away with this one, but J.T. Miller would give the Canucks life in the dying moments of the 2nd, with his 2nd of the series.

      Mark Stone opened the scoring in the 3rd, giving the Knights a 4-1 lead, but the Canucks would come storming back with 3 of their own in the final 10 minutes, sending this game back to OT.

      In the extra frame, Troy Stecher would be the hero, with a seemingly innocent shot on net from the point. The puck would deflect of a couple of skates on its way past Robin Lehner, giving the Canucks a 4-2 series win.

      Vancouver moves on to face the winner of Edmonton-Calgary in the 2nd round, with either of the 2 Alberta franchises getting home ice advantage.

      When asked what the team would do while they wait for the Battle of Alberta series to conclude, Canucks simulation head coach Travis Green said, “We’re going head over to Red Deer, actually. We’ve heard amazing things about the city. There’s tons to do there and it’s within driving distance of our next opponent.”

      1st
      VGK – Pacioretty (1) – Stone
      VGK – Theodore (2) – Holden, Carrier

      2nd
      VGK – Pacioretty (2) – Stone
      VAN – Miller (2) – Virtanen, Hughes

      3rd
      VGK – Stone (3) – Pacioretty, Marchessault
      VAN – Roussel (3) – Myers, Pearson
      VAN – Edler (2) – Pearson
      VAN – Eriksson (2) – Horvat, Pearson

      OT
      VAN – Stecher (1) – Miller, Toffoli

      3 Stars: (1-3)
      Pacioretty, Pearson, Miller

      Canucks Win Series 4-2 

      Caption: Louis Erickson beats Robin Lehner to tie the game and force overtime

      Caption: The teams exchange handshakes as the Canucks win the series 4-2


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