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Nation Playoff Sim – Two teams move on / Oilers schedule announced

As I am sure you are aware of now, the Edmonton Oilers beat the Vancouver Canucks on home ice last night by a score of 3-1 to win the best-of-seven series 4-1. The playoffs continue to roll on around them as they join only the Islanders and Stars as the teams that have moved on. This article is to update you on what is happening in all the other series, and as an added bonus, pending the outcome of the Golden Knights/Flames series, we will have the schedule for the Oilers Round Two sim for you (at the bottom of the article)

Game 4 Washington/Carolina final score: 3-2 OT Washington (Series 3-1 WSH)
Game 3 5-4 WSH
Game 2 6-2 WSH
Game 1 3-2 CAR

Ladies and gentlemen, @Alexander Ovechkin has arrived to the series and with two goals, including the OT winner he is here to mess other teams up. The Hurricanes barely test Holtby and as a result, the Caps are the front runners at 3-1 in the best-of-seven series.

1st –

CAR – 9:53 Fleury (Foegele, Staal)
WSH – 10:39 Ovechkin (Orlov, Wilson)
CAR – 13:10 McGinn (Skjei, Dzingel)

2nd –

WSH – 3:30 Vrana (Oshie, Kempny)

3rd-

No Goals

OT-

WSH – 5:40 Ovechkin (Backstrom, Carlson)

Three Fists-

3. CAR H. Fleury (1G)
2. WSH B. Holtby (25 saves, .925 SV%)
1. WSH A. Ovechkin (2G)

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

Another penalty filled third period concludes a pretty complete beat down by the Pens. Eerily similar to the Oilers/Canucks series, a Philly hot start has been completely quelled by the Penguins.

1st –

PIT – 2:44 Rust (Schultz, Malkin)

2nd –

PIT – 6:33 Rodrigues (Sheary, Johnson)
PIT – 14:51 Letang (Sheary, Rodrigues)

3rd-

PHI – 7:51 Giroux (Couturier, Aube-Kubel)
PIT – 18:38 Sheary (Blueger, Rodrigues)

Three Fists-

3. PIT M. Murray (28 saves, .965 SV%)
2. PIT C. Sheary (1G, 2A)
1. PIT E. Rodrigues (1G, 2A)

Game 5 Nashville/St. Louis final score: 3-2 St. Louis (Series 3-2 STL)
Game 4 3-2 OT STL
Game 3 2-1 NSH
Game 2 4-1 STL
Game 1 3-2 NSH

The defending cup champions show the resiliency that got them to the ultimate goal last year and overcome a third period deficit and still end in regulation. Binnington is returning to form as he shuts the Preds attack at the end of the game.

1st –

No Goals

2nd –

STL – 3:32 Steen (Kyrou, Sundqvist)
NSH – 11:07 Ekholm (Watson, Sissons)

3rd-

NSH – 4:59 Duchene (Josi, Arvidsson)
STL – 11:13 Faulk (Schenn, Perron)
STL – 16:14 Perron (Barbashev, Sunqvist)

Three Fists-

3. STL O. Sundqvist (2A)
2. STL J. Binnington (28 saves, .933 SV%)
1. STL D. Perron (1G, 1A)

Game 5 Colorado/Dallas final score: 5-2 Dallas (Series win 4-1 DAL)
Game 4 2-0 DAL
Game 3 4-3 OT DAL
Game 2 2-1 COL
Game 1 5-2 DAL

The @Dallas Stars are the first team to move on as they shock the @Colorado Avalanche in a 4-1 Round One victory. The offense sees them through after goaltending has taken a big role in this. They await an opponent from the Blues/Preds series.

1st –

DAL – 12:10 Comeau (Sekera, Lindell)
COL – 16:57 Donskoi (Bellemare, Girard)

2nd –

DAL – 11:57 Janmark (Pavelski)
DAL – 13:13 Gurianov (Dickinson, Benn)

3rd-

DAL – 2:28 Seguin (Perry, Hintz)
COL – 7:18 Landeskog (Compher, Zadorov)
DAL – 19:10 Gurianov (Benn)

Three Fists-

3. DAL J. Benn (2A)
2. DAL B. Bishop (32 saves, .941 SV%)
1. DAL D. Gurianov (2G)

Game 5 Boston/New York (I) final score: 5-4 New York (Series win 4-1 NYI)
Game 4 3-2 NYI
Game 3 3-2 OT BOS
Game 2 2-1 OT NYI
Game 1 4-1 NYI

Despite a monster effort from players like @Jake DeBrusk and @David Krejci, the @Boston Bruins are the second team to bounce from the playoffs at the hands of the @New York Islanders. A sad ending to a promising season from the Bs.

1st –

BOS – 3:12 Kuhlman (Krejci, Lauzon)
NYI – 15:30 Nelson (Pulock, Brassard)

2nd –

NYI – 1:00 Brassard (Beauvillier)
BOS – 4:26 Coyle (Krejci, Bjork)
NYI – 16:22 Lee (Eberle)

3rd-

BOS – 14:54 DeBrusk (Krejci, Kuhlman)
NYI – 16:42 Eberle (Nelson, Lee)
BOS – 17:14 DeBrusk (Krejci, Kuhlman)

OT-

NYI – 4:03 Nelson (Brassard, Pulock)

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Three Fists-

3. BOS J. DeBrusk (2G)
2. BOS D. Krejci (4A)
1. NYI B. Nelson (2G, 1A)

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

The Leafs just will not, would not go away tonight. Taking a lead into the third period for the first time this playoff run, they bent but did not break. The goaltending issues need to be fixed for sure but a home game six may change their fortunes and allow them to force a Game Seven?

1st –

TOR – 0:43 Gauthier (Clifford, Holl)
TBL – 14:24 Killorn (Cirelli, Kucherov)

2nd –

TOR – 0:40 Kerfoot (Engvall, Sandin)
TOR – 6:03 Matthews (Marner, Hyman)

3rd-

TBL – 5:26 Gourde (Sergachev, Coleman)
TOR – 19:11 Marner (Barrie, Matthews)
TBL – 19:32 Cirelli (Kucherov, Shattenkirk)

Three Fists-

3. TOR A. Matthews (1G, 1A)
2. TOR M. Marner (1G, 1A)
1. TBL A. Cirelli (1G, 1A)

Game 5 Vegas/Calgary final score: 2-0 Vegas (Series 3-2 CGY)
Game 4 3-1 CGY
Game 3 4-1 VGK
Game 2 3-2 CGY
Game 1 4-0 CGY

Door shut firmly on the chances of the Flames not having to make the trip back home one more time. The real hero of the Knights is @Marc-Andre Fleury and he shows an amazing resolve for the night.

1st –

No Goals

2nd –

VGK – 3:48 Marchessault (Stastny, Smith)

3rd-

VGK – 19:16 EN Holden (Theodore, Smith)

Three Fists-

3. VGK N. Holden (1G)
2. CGY D. Rittich (29 saves, .966 SV%)
1. VGK M. Fleury (33 save shutout)

Where the series stand right now:

West 
STL 3 – NSH 2
COL 1 – DAL 4
VGK 2 – CGY 3
EDM 3 – VAN 1
East
BOS 1 – NYI 4
WSH 3 – CAR 1
TBL 3 – TOR 2
PHI 1 – PIT 3

The Oilers schedule:

As you have seen, the Flames were unable to put away the Golden Knights and so we await next round’s opponent. As promised, I do have our schedule for the next round and so you can see that here:
Of note from the new schedule, we will have an afternoon game at Rogers Place on Sunday April 19th at 3pm MT. Interested to see if this is more preferred to some to join us. As well, we will not be touching the Wednesday April 22nd out of respect to the big series to raise money for the Edmonton food bank between Ovechkin and Gretzky:

Gretzky and Ovechkin to play NHL 20 to benefit local food banks

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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.

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Thank you for reading and tune in tomorrow at 5pm MT for our wrap of Round One and the announcement of how and who the Oilers will be playing in Round Two of the 2020 Oilersnation Playoff Sim and then plan to be there for the opening of Round Two with the Oilers playing Game One at 7PM MT