By Cameron Young | Follow me on Twitter @cmoney008
Another video has gone live on my YouTube channel and it is the second NHL 20 game simulation for the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. In today’s sim, the Boston Bruins take on the Philadelphia Flyers ahead of their 3 PM meeting to open the round robin tournament for seeding among the top 4 Eastern Conference teams. Check out the game below and please subscribe to my YouTube Channel and turn notifications on to be informed when new videos are published.
- First Period: 1:50
- Second Period: 9:18
- Third Period: 16:39
Home: Boston Bruins
Away: Philadelphia Flyers
Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak
DeBrusk – Krejci – Studnicka
Bjork – Coyle – Kuraly
Nordstrom – Lindholm – Wagner
Chara – McAvoy
Krug – Carlo
Grzelcyk – Lauzon
Giroux – Couturier – Voracek
Farabee – Hayes – Konecny
van Riemsdyk – Laughton – Pitlick
Raffl – Grant – Aube-Kubel
Provorov – Niskanen
Sanheim – Myers
Gostisbehere – Friedman
The Bruins open play in the round robin portion of the 2020 NHL Playoffs against a Flyers team that was one of the hottest in the league prior to the break. Tuukka Rask gets the start for Boston against Carter Hart for the Flyers.
The game got off to a very quick start with Philadelphia scoring just 2:16 after the opening faceoff. Sean Couturier played a give-and-go with Ivan Provorov before getting a wrist shot past Tuukka Rask. Boston answered right back just 1:03 later with Brad Marchand spinning past defender at his own blue line and taking it all the way, finishing with a wrist shot past Carter Hart.
Philadelphia regained the lead with 5:22 remaining in the first with Michael Raffl using his backside to redirect a Matt Niskanen shot from the point. Boston was once again able to bounce back as Joakim Nordstrom hit a one timer on a pass from Par Lindholm with 4:07 to play in the first.
Neither team would be able to create much else for the remainder of the period, sending the game into intermission tied at 2. Shots were even at 6 apiece in the period.
End of the period score: 2-2
Boston came out flying to begin the second period with 3 consecutive shots in the first minute of play, but Hart was able to keep them all out of the goal. The Flyers had some chances soon after, but their shots went right at Rask.
Philadelphia eventually broke the tie again, this time on a slap shot from James van Riemsdyk as he received a pass from Tyler Pitlick at 9:18 of the second period. Another goal was scored quickly after the Flyers took the lead, but it was the Flyers extending their lead this time with van Riemsdyk getting in front of and around Sean Kuraly to send his wrist shot past Rask for his second goal in 37 seconds.
Pitlick and van Riemsdyk nearly scored again within a minute of the second from van Riemsdyk, but Rask saved both low shots as the rest of the period saw few chances for either team. Philadelphia outshot Boston 14-8 in the second period, making it 20-14 Flyers in shots through 2 periods of play.
End of the period score: 4-2 Philadelphia
The third period saw a lot of big hits on both sides and some stellar goaltending from Rask and Hart. Boston was getting plenty of chances, but had many blocked by Flyers and some even by their own teammates.
With 50 second to go, Boston pulled Rask for an extra skater. As Patrice Bergeron carried the puck into the attacking zone, he found David Pastrnak entering the right circle and Pastrnak scored with 47.2 seconds left to give the Bruins some hope of scoring the tying goal.
With Boston pressuring and several chances miss, Matt Grzelcyk found Jeremy Lauzon open at the point for a perfect chance to tie the game with just over 5 seconds remaining, but Lauzon’s stick broke as he shot the puck, letting Pitlick carry the puck up ice and firing it into the empty net just after time had expired.
Philadelphia ended the third period outshooting Boston 7-5 for a total of 27-19 for the game. Rask made 23 saves in the loss, but kept the Bruins in the game.
Final Score: 4-3 Philadelphia
The real life Bruins get their round robin play underway today at 3 PM against the Philadelphia Flyers on NBC. I will be back again on Wednesday to simulate Boston’s second round robin game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @cmoney008 and subscribe to my YouTube Channel HERE