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Nation Playoff Sim – Game Threes for the rest

This has been a painful weekend. All of the Nation said goodbye to Colby Cave and we were all shook in different ways. I want to take this chance to extend my deepest condolences to the entire Cave family. I hope everyone has been able to find some peace over the weekend and that continues today. We will be running our Game Four stream tonight at 7PM MT but first we will update you on all the Game Threes that have carried on throughout the weekend.

Game 2 Philadelphia/Pittsburgh final score: 4-3 OT Pittsburgh (Series 1-1 Tied)
Game 1 4-1 PHI

Pittsburgh and Philadelphia continue the animosity in this one with not one but two fights in the scoreless first period. The scoring started in the second and didn’t stop from there. Back and forth goals until Philly ties it up late.

1st –

No Goals

2nd –

PIT – 2:45 Zucker (Marleau, Tanev)
PHI – 7:13 Couturier (Pitlick, Niskanen)
PIT – 10:06 McCann (Marleau)

3rd-

PIT – 4:04 Letang (Malkin, Crosby)
PHI – 11:48 Hayes (Niskanen, Van Riemsdyk)
PHI – 16:52 Giroux (Voracek, Couturier)

1OT-

PIT – 14:10 Crosby (Schultz, Zucker)

Three Fists-

3. PIT S. Crosby (1G, 1A)
2. PIT J. Zucker (1G, 1A)
1. PHI S. Couturier (1G, 1A)

Game 3 Nashville/St. Louis final score: 2-1 Nashville (Series 2-1 NSH)
Game 2 4-1 STL
Game 1 3-2 NSH

A tight checking, goaltending duel is the way Game Three went. The Nashville crowd gets their first chance to enter into the 2020 Playoffs foray and they show up in spades. The Blues make this one interesting with half a period to go but it’s too little to late.

1st –

No Goals

2nd –

NSH – 16:06 Arvidsson (Duchene, Jarnkrok)

3rd-

NSH – 6:25 Forsberg (Johansen, Granlund)
STL – 9:33 Pietrangelo (Blais)

Three Fists-

3. NSH V. Arvidsson (1G)
2. NSH F. Forsberg (1G)
1. NSH P. Rinne (26 saves, .962 SV%)

Game 3 Colorado/Dallas final score: 4-3 OT Dallas (Series 2-1 DAL)
Game 2 2-1 COL
Game 1 5-2 DAL

A wild first stanza calmed down going into the second and third. Both teams getting a little chippy in the second. The scoring quickly in every period continued into the overtime as Faksa pots one, 3:16 into extra time.

1st –

COL – 5:36 MacKinnon (Graves, Landeskog)
DAL – 8:21 Janmark (Klingberg, Pavelski)
DAL – 14:39 Comeau (Dickinson)
COL – 17:56 MacKinnon (Makar, Landeskog)

2nd –

DAL – 2:10 Heiskanen (Hintz)

3rd-

COL – 1:48 Jost (Johnson, MacKinnon)

OT-

DAL – 3:16 Faksa (Sekera, Comeau)

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Three Fists-

3. DAL R. Faksa (1G)
2. DAL B. Comeau (1G, 1A)
1. COL N. MacKinnon (2G, 1A)

Game 3 Boston/New York (I) final score: 3-2 OT BOS (Series 2-1 NYI)
Game 2 2-1 OT NYI
Game 1 4-1 NYI

Late game heroics forced the Bruins into survival mode for their playoff lives. The overtime period was almost completely the Bruins in the Isles zone. It had a real feel of “if they don’t score here, this one is going against them” as their last stand play finally paid off and they find themselves on the board in their first round series.

1st –

No Goals

2nd –

BOS – 0:16 Pastrnak (Marchand, Bergeron)
NYI – 1:40 Eberle (Lee, Toews)
BOS – 7:18 Chara (Wagner, Kuraly)

3rd-

NYI – 19:49 Beauvillier (Pulock, Nelson)

OT-

BOS – 5:23 Lindholm (Chara, Wagner)

Three Fists-

3. BOS C. Wagner (2A)
2. BOS T. Rask (26 saves, .928 SV%)
1. BOS Z. Chara (1G, 1A)

Game 3 Tampa Bay/Toronto final score: 4-3 Toronto (Series 2-1 TBL)
Game 2 5-1 TBL
Game 1 4-3 OT TBL

A huge second period out of the Leafs at home keeps their playoffs hopes alive as they fend off a late push from the Bolts to finish the game off 4-3. Marner and Matthews tie the record for the fastest goals in playoffs history at seven seconds between goals

1st –

TOR – 6:49 Hyman (Kerfoot, Sandin)
TBL – 18:56 Sergachev (Maroon, Shattenkirk)

2nd –

TOR – 1:43 Engvall (Kerfoot, Kapanen)
TOR – 5:15 Marner (Matthews, Dermott)
TOR – 5:21 Matthews (Marner, Hyman)
TBL – 15:41 Coleman (Coburn, Point)

3rd-

TBL – 12:01 Point (Kucherov, Bogosian)

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Three Fists-

3. TOR M. Marner (1G, 1A)
2. TOR Z. Hyman (1G, 1A)
1. TOR A. Matthews (1G, 1A)

Game 3 Vegas/Calgary final score: 4-1 Vegas (Series 2-1 CGY)
Game 2 3-2 CGY
Game 1 4-0 CGY

The Knights come into Calgary down by two to the Flames and reeling. They come out strong in Game Three and score four, never really letting the Flames into it.

1st –

VGK – 3:33 Marchessault (Stastny, Smith)
VGK – 6:26 Karlsson (Marchessault, Stone)
CGY – 11:34 Giordano (Backlund, Mangiapane)

2nd –

VGK – 15:19 Smith (Marchessault, Stastny)

3rd-

VGK – 11:28 Stastny (Marchessault)

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Three Fists-

3. VGK R. Smith (1G, 1A)
2. VGK P. Stastny (1G, 2A)
1. VGK J. Marchessault (1G, 3A)

Where the series stand right now:

West 
STL 1 – NSH 2
COL 1 – DAL 2
VGK 1 – CGY 2
EDM 2 – VAN 1
East
BOS 1 – NYI 2
WSH 1 – CAR 1
TBL 2 – TOR 1
PHI 1 – PIT 1

If you made it this far:

Thank you for reading. Let me know in the comments below if there is anything else you’d like to see go into these. Let me know in the comments below which game outcome made you smile, which one made you mad and anything else.

Thank you for reading and hope to see you tonight at 7pm MT is the live stream of Game Four.