Game 7! Tonight on (PS3)VERSUS!
Who will it be? New Jersey’s proven commodities or New York’s energetic youth!
Tune in and Find Out!
(Credit for this awesome game preview goes to JMarushin. Thanks Bear! :) )
Game over, Patrik Elias put salt in the wound and the final nail on the Isles' casket at 7:09 of the 3rd period, Zajac supplied the salt and nails. 5-0 the final score. Martin Brodeur came up huge in this game, because despite the score, the game could've looked quite different if Brodeur hadn't stepped up like his team needed him to way back when they were trailing the series 3-1
So there you have it. A rather anti-climatic game 7, but the Devils put up a hell of a show in those final 3 games, scoring 11 goals while allowing 5 after scoring 17 goals but allowing 20 in the 4 games prior. That win pretty much saved everyone's bacon in the bracket challenge.
For the Isles, it was a crushing defeat, capping off an epic collapse. They had the Yelnats Cup favorites backed up in a corner, right where they wanted them, but they got sloppy and couldn't finish the job, soiling the franchise's name even further, even if it's a simulation. They still did a lot better than anyone expected though, so we can give them that. Scoring sure wasn't the problem here, except for the final game, but they couldn't capitalize when it counted, as the 2 previous Devils wins were in overtime, meaning the Isles had more than enough opportunities to finish their opponents off...
Score: NJD 5 - 0 NYI
Total shots: NJD 34 - 39 NYI
Total PIM: NJD 8 - 14 NYI
#1 Martin Brodeur (39 save SO)
#2 Ilya Kovalchuk (2 A)
#3 Travis Zajac (2 A)
EDIT: Andy Greene will be missing three weeks due to injury.
And so ends the 1st round. The 2nd round will start as soon as the Stanley Cup 2nd round starts, but I'll be doing some posts looking back at the round that was.
#9 Dallas Stars
#9 Carolina Hurricanes
#11 New Jersey Devils
Hoooo boy, Minnesota-Calgary... That's going to be interesting! :)
#1 Ilya Kovalchuk, NJD, 7, 7GP
#2 Zach Parise, NJD, 6, 7GP
#1 Travis Zajac, NJD, 9, 7GP
#2 Ilya Kovalchuk, NJD, 7, 7GP
#3 John Tavares, NYI, 7, 7GP
#1 Ilya Kovalchuk, NJD, 14, 7GP
#2 Zach Parise, NJD, 11, 7GP
#3 Travis Zajac, NJD, 10, 7GP
#4 John Tavares, NYI, 9, 7GP
#5 Matt Moulson, NYI, 8, 7GP
#1 Zach Parise, NJD, +8, 7GP
#2 Ilya Kovalchuk, NJD, +7, 7GP
#3 Travis Zajac, NJD, +7, 7GP
#5 Martin Brodeur, NJD, 4, 7GP
#1 Niklas Backstrom, MIN, 1, 5GP
#2 Miikka Kiprusoff, CGY, 1, 4GP
#3 Martin Brodeur, NJD, 1, 7GP
#4 Craig Anderson, OTT, 0, 4GP
#5 Peter Budaj, COL, 0, 6GP
#1 Niklas Backstrom, MIN, 1.56, 5GP
#2 Craig Anderson, OTT, 1.85, 4GP
#3 Miikka Kiprusoff, CGY, 2.09, 4GP
#5 Peter Budaj, COL, 2.46, 6GP
#1 Craig Anderson, OTT, 93.9%, 4GP
#2 Niklas Backstrom, MIN, 93.4%, 5GP
#3 Miikka Kiprusoff, CGY, 93.3%, 4GP
#4 Peter Budaj, COL, 91.3%, 6GP
First round, done. Hope you liked it. Stay tuned for the recap of the first round, and the second round later on.
History will be simulated.