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Nation Playoff Sim – End of Round One and the Oilers opponent

I probably (read as definitely) take this thing too seriously and so my morning consisted of re-simulating every matchup from the first round of the playoffs so far this year to get the same outcomes from every series. Why you ask? Well simply because I like to think someone is reading these and cares for a little continuity. Below you can read through the box scores of every one of the other (not Canucks/Oilers) First Round series in our playoff sims. Tonight at 7pm MT we will be broadcasting Game One of the Oilers vs the… vs the.. well you will just have to read down further to see what happened in the Vegas/Calgary series.

 

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

I had a whole other recap written up for this one after the Hurricanes just decimated the Caps in the first half of the game. Up 4-1 with half a game left to go, this shouldn’t have happened. That’s when Ilya Kovalchuk and co. showed up and came to play. The Capitals had the lead early in the third and Holtby shut down the push from the Canes. Onto the second round for the Capitals.

1st –

CAR – 6:30 WIlliams (Aho, Svechnikov)
CAR – 9:20 Dzingel (McGinn, Gardiner)
CAR – 13:26 Teravainen (Aho, Svechnikov)
WSH – 17:29 Vrana (Oshie, Carlson)

2nd –

CAR – 13:23 Foegele (Williams)
WSH – 17:17 Eller (Carlson, Kovalchuk)
WSH – 19:32 Panik (Hathaway)

3rd-

WSH – 1:43 Orlov (Kovalchuk, Kuznetsov)
WSH – 5:54 Eller (Kuznetsov, Kovalchuk)
WSH – 18:47 Vrana (Kempny, Oshie)

Three Fists-

3. WSH I. Kovalchuk (3A)
2. WSH J. Vrana (2G)
1. WSH L. Eller (2G)

Game 5 Philadelphia/Pittsburgh final score: 4-3 OT Philadelphia (Series 3-2 PIT)
Game 4 4-1 PIT
Game 3 4-2 PIT
Game 2 4-3 OT PIT
Game 1 4-1 PHI

The battle for Pennsylvania will roll on after the Flyers win Game Five in overtime. Another chippy affair between these two after the series has had five fights already and will likely see more.

1st –

PHI – 9:21 Sanheim (Hayes, Konecny)
PHI – 13:28 Giroux (Konecny, Couturier)

2nd –

PIT – 2:10 Rust (Hornqvist, Malkin)
PIT – 5:24 Crosby (Rust, Letang)
PHI – 18:00 Giroux (Voracek, Sanheim)

3rd-

PIT – 14:21 Tanev (Schultz, McCann)

OT-

PHI – 1:30 Koencny (Laughton, Myers)

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Three Fists-

3. PHI T. Sanheim (1G, 1A)
2. PHI C. Giroux (2G)
1. PHI T. Konecny (1G, 2A)

Game 6 Nashville/St. Louis final score: 2-1 St. Louis (Series 4-2 STL)
Game 5 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 Stanley Cup Champs head home but the Nashville Predators will not be joining them as they defeat them in Game Six and end the series.

1st –

STL – 1:30 Schenn (Thomas, Parayko)
STL – 14:02 Perron (Thomas)

2nd –

NSH – 19:13 Weber (Smith, Bonino)

3rd-

No Goals

Three Fists-

3. STL D. Perron (1G)
2. STL J. Binnington (27 saves, .964 SV%)
1. NSH P. Rinne (35 saves, .945 SV%)

Series win 4-1 Dallas
Game 5 5-2 DAL
Game 4 2-0 DAL
Game 3 4-3 OT DAL
Game 2 2-1 COL
Game 1 5-2 DAL

Series win 4-1 New York
Game 5 5-4 NYI
Game 4 3-2 NYI
Game 3 3-2 OT BOS
Game 2 2-1 OT NYI
Game 1 4-1 NYI

Game 6 Tampa Bay/Toronto final score: 4-2 Tampa Bay (Series 4-2 TBL)
Game 5 4-3 TOR
Game 4 2-1 TBL
Game 3 4-3 TOR
Game 2 5-1 TBL
Game 1 4-3 OT TBL

Goodbye to Canada’s team, the Toronto Maple Leafs as they Lightning erase last year’s disappointment with a 4-2 series win over the Leafs.

1st –

TBL – 0:19 Stephens (Gourde, Cernak)
TOR – 1:01 Tavares (Malgin, Nylander)
TBL – 6:20 Cirelli (Killorn)
TBL – 14:33 Cirelli (Killorn, Kucherov)

2nd –

TBL – 1:32 Bogosian (Gourde, Coburn)

3rd-

TOR – 13:54 Matthews (Marner, Muzzin)

Three Fists-

3. TBL A. Killorn (2A)
2. TBL Y. Gourde (2A)
1. TBL A. Cirelli (2G)

Game 6 Vegas/Calgary final score: 4-2 Vegas (Series 3-3 Tied)
Game 5 2-0 VGK
Game 4 3-1 CGY
Game 3 4-1 VGK
Game 2 3-2 CGY
Game 1 4-0 CGY

We will have a Game Seven to decide the Oilers matchup as the Golden Knights come into Calgary and remove the home crowd from the game pretty quickly. Back to Vegas for the final and deciding game (below)

1st –

VGK – 11:31 Karlsson (Stone, Pacioretty)

2nd –

VGK – 5:00 Karlsson (Pacioretty, Holden)
CGY – 13:52 Andersson (Ryan, Dube)
VGK – 15:10 Stephenson (Cousins)

3rd-

VGK – 2:43 Stephenson (Cousins, Holden)
CGY – 5:18 Backlund (Mangiapane, Tkachuk)

Three Fists-

3. VGK M. Pacioretty (2A)
2. VGK W. Karlsson (2G)
1. VGK C. Stephenson (2G)

Game 6 Philadelphia/Pittsburgh final score: 2-1 Philadelphia (Series 3-3 Tied)
Game 5 4-3 OT PHI
Game 4 4-1 PIT
Game 3 4-2 PIT
Game 2 4-3 OT PIT
Game 1 4-1 PHI

Despite a Herculean effort from Matt Murray, the Penguins fall to the Flyers on home ice and they will have to head to Philly for the final and deciding Game Seven (Below).

1st –

PHI – 5:08 Voracek (Couturier, Giroux)

2nd –

PHI – 11:20 Laughton (Konecny, Hayes)
PIT – 15:30 Crosby (Zucker)

3rd-

No Goals

Three Fists-

3. PHI S. Laughton (1G)
2. PHI C. Hart (33 saves, .970 SV%)
1. PIT M. Murray (37 saves, .948 SV%)

Game Sevens:

Game 7 Vegas/Calgary final score: 4-3 OT Calgary (Series win 4-3 CGY)
Game 6 4-2 VGK
Game 5 2-0 VGK
Game 4 3-1 CGY
Game 3 4-1 VGK
Game 2 3-2 CGY
Game 1 4-0 CGY

It all came down to overtime to decide the Oilers next opponent, and in the end it was the unlikeliest of unlikely heroes with Dillon Dube getting the game winner in OT.

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1st –

CGY – 7:11 Monahan (Gaudreau, Lindholm)
CGY – 11:49 Tkachuk (Andersson, Mangiapane)

2nd –

VGK – 2:59 Stastny (Marchessault, Stone)
VGK – 10:51 Marchessault (Smith)
CGY – 19:29 Dube (Lucic, Hanifin)

3rd-

VGK – 11:58 Reaves (Quinney, Nosek)

OT-

CGY – 13:30 Dube (Lucic)

Three Fists-

3. CGY M. Lucic (2A)
2. VGK J. Marchessault (1G, 1A)
1. CGY D. Dube (2G)

Game 7 Philadelphia/Pittsburgh final score: 5-3 Philadelphia (Series Win 4-3 PHI)
Game 6 2-1 PHI
Game 5 4-3 OT PHI
Game 4 4-1 PIT
Game 3 4-2 PIT
Game 2 4-3 OT PIT
Game 1 4-1 PHI

The battle of Pennsylvania did not disappoint. From start to finish, including one of the wildest third periods I can remember, let alone in Game Seven of a best-of-seven-series. The Philadelphia Flyers exercise the demons of their neighbours and move onto the second round.

1st –

PIT – 2:46 Crosby (Malkin, Letang)
PIT – 3:04 Hornqvist (Crosby)
PHI – 11:59 Sanheim (Giroux, Couturier)

2nd –

No Goals

3rd-

PHI – 1:17 Van Riemsdyk (Provorov, Pitlick)
PHI – 3:16 Van Riemsdyk (Provorov)
PHI – 11:09 Giroux (Couturier, Voracek)
PHI – 12:02 Aube-Kubel (Sanheim, Hayes)
PIT – 13:12 Crosby (Zucker, Schultz)

Three Fists-

3. PIT S. Crosby (2G, 1A)
2. PHI J. Van Riemsdyk (2G)
1. PHI C. Giroux (1G, 1A)

Where the series ended up:

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

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 tune in in just under two hours from post at 7PM MT for Game One of the Oilers/Flames series.