Game 7: Edmonton Oilers vs. Calgary Flames
Is there a better 3 words in hockey than “Simulation Game 7?” Absolutely not.
Is there a better 4 words in hockey than “Overtime Simulation Game 7?” See the above answer.
A low scoring affair saw both David Rittich and Mike Smith with spectacular performances. It would be Smith, however, with the last laugh.
Tyler Ennis is making a serious case for the Conne Smythe trophy, if the Oilers are able to make it to the simulation Cup Final. The 1st line winger came into Game 7 with 4 goals already in the Playoffs, destined to add to that total.
He did just that, opening the scoring in the 1st, then playing overtime and series hero for the Oilers by sealing it midway through the OT frame.
Full video highlights from the game can be found here.
The Oilers move on to face the Canucks in Round 2.
In other news, Daryl Katz announced the immediate construction of a Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville outside of the simulation JW Marriot (where the Canucks will stay while they are in town).
The Extreme Makeover Bar Edition crew will complete the build in just 1 day, to ensure a grand opening that will catch the attention of Canucks forward Zack MacEwen—amongst other players.
Round 2 vs. the Vancouver Canucks starts Wednesday night, April 22nd at 7:00pm MDT, live on our Facebook page.
EDM – Ennis (5) – McDavid
CGY – Dube (1) – Ryan, Andersson
Ennis (6) – Nurse, McDavid
3 Stars (1-3):
Smith, Rittich, Ennis
Oilers Win Series 4-3.
Caption: Tyler Ennis wins it in overtime, sending the Oilers to the 2nd Round.
Caption: Tyler Ennis exchanges handshakes with ex-Oilers player Tobias Rieder.
Here's What Happened
in the Rest of the League:
Game 7 : St. Louis Blues vs. Winnipeg Jets
The other game on Monday night was also a Game 7 between the Blues and Jets, as St. Louis looks to keep their Stanley Cup repeat quest alive.
The Jets had a 4-1 lead after 2 period, and looked poised to end the Blues' quest; however, the 3rd period would bring with it a whole new game.
Carl Gunnarsson, Robert Thomas and Jaden Schwartz would all find the net in the 3rd and this game needed overtime, just like Game 6.
Alex Pietrangelo was the hero in OT, continuing his impressive post season run.
The real winner in this game was our media crew, however, who will no longer have to travel to simulation Winnipeg for the rest of the Playoffs (via car, as they don’t have an airport). We can assure you, it’s just as bad as real Winnipeg.
WPG – Scheifele (2) – Morrissey, Wheeler
STL – MacEachern (1) – Blais, Barbashev
WPG – Shore (1) – Wheeler, Harkins
WPG – Beaulieu (1) – Copp, Laine
WPG – Bitetto (1) – Beaulieu, Laine
STL – Gunnarsson (4) – O’Reilly
STL – Thomas (1) – Sanford
STL – Schwartz (4) – O’Reilly, Scandella
STL – Pietrangelo (2) – Gunnarsson, Schenn
3 Stars (1-3):
Gunnarsson, Pietrangelo, O’Reilly
Blues Win Series 4-3
Caption: The Blues celebrate after Jaden Schwartz ties it, late in the 3rd, sending the game to overtime.
Game 7: Philadelphia Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
The Penguins came into Game 7 with huge confidence, after rolling off 3 straight wins to comeback from a 3-0 series deficit to knot the series up at 3.
The game, too, was knotted up for much of Game 7, where the teams exchanged goals in the first, but remained deadlocked through the remainder of regular time, with no goals in the 2nd or 3rd.
Overtime would need a hero, and Travis Konecny was just that for the Flyers—being left all alone in front and sniping past Marc-André Fleury to clinch the series for Philadelphia. The Flyers will now face a well-rested Hurricanes squad in the second round.
According to STMZ (Simulation TMZ), Icerbugh the Penguin was spotted picking fights with Flyers fans in the parking lot, post-game. Unconfirmed reports say that he waddled all the way to Philadelphia, as he was unable to fly.
We will see how the story develops in the coming days.
PHI – Pitlick (3) – Niskanen, Van Riemsdyk
PIT – Zuker (3) – Crosby, Simon
PHI – Konecny (2) – Laughton, Hagg
PIT – Tanev (2) - Schultz
PHI – Konecny (3) – Laughton, Niskanen
3 Stars (1-3):
Konecny, Hart, Laughton
Flyers Win Series 4-3
Caption: The Flyers celebrate with their goaltender, Edmonton-product Carter Hart, after clinching the series in 7 games.
Game 7: Colorado Avalanche vs. Dallas Stars
Game 7 was all Dallas early on, as they went up by 3 on the hands of Heiskanen, Comeau, and Janmark.
The Avs weren’t— however—silenced just yet, as Bellemare, Girard and Makar all found the net in the 3rd.
Heartbreak for the Avalanche came when Cory "Scorey" Perry would dish the dagger in the dying moments of the 3rd—eliminating the Avs from the 2020 Simulation Playoffs.
Post-game, Nathan MacKinnon told media “I just don’t get it, Perry committed about 13 suspendable penalties in the series and, not only did he not get suspended for them, he didn’t even get a single penalty.”
Perry was suspended in Game 1 for a single game; however, STMZ (Simulation TMZ) leaked a report that simulation George Parros told referees to “Ignore my buddy Cory for the remainder of the series, or you will be relieved of your officiating duties immediately.”
DAL – Heiskanen (1) – Janmark, Radulov
DAL – Comeau (4) – Oleksiak, Faksa
DAL – Janmark (2) – Radulov, Klingberg
COL – Bellemare (2) – Zadorov, Namestnikov
COL – Girard (3) – Jost
COL – Makar (2) – Burakovsky
DAL – Perry (2) – Klingberg, Lindell
3 Stars (1-3):
Janmark, Bellemare, Radulov
Stars Win Series 4-3
Caption: Jamie Benn exchanges handshakes will Gabriel Landeskog.
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