2012 Yelnats Cup Playoffs: Round 1, Days 9 and 10

Would the Stars have enough of this to survive getting humiliated by the Blue Jackets in 5 games? (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images)

Hello Yelnats fans! Sorry for my absence yesterday, I'll make it up with two servings of Yelnats today. Here's what's on the menu:

New York Islanders @ Winnipeg Jets: Game 5

Edmonton Oilers @ Colorado Avalanche: Game 5 (Featured game)

Minnesota Wild @ Anaheim Ducks: Game 5 (Featured game)

Dallas Stars @ Columbus Blue Jackets: Game 5

Tampa Bay Lightning @ Montreal Canadiens: Game 5

Carolina Hurricanes @ Toronto Maple Leafs: Game 5

I decided to switch things up today and watch the Oilers-Avs game. There is potential for 3 eliminations today. Let's see which teams survive and which ones move on after the jump.

Edmonton Oilers @ Colorado Avalanche: Game 5

1st period: The first period was a sea of penalties. Darcy Hordichuk started it up with a delay of game penalty, which the Oilers killed with ease. Then, Shawn Horcoff scored off a one-timer from a Ryan Jones pass. The Avs lost control after that goal, taking three consecutive penalties. They were able to kill them, but it limited their ability to get some offense going. Edmonton took another delay of game penalty to end the period, but no other goals were scored in the period. Edmonton got most of the quality chances in this one.

2nd period: Gabriel Landeskog, whom the computer has playing 4th line minutes, tied the score with a wicked wrister about 3 minutes into the period. Sadly for the Avs, however, the penalties started catching up to them. Erik Johnson took a tripping penalty and Taylor Hall scored his first on the series to punish him for it. Then, Ryan O'Byrne threw a vicious hit from behind on Sam Gagner which got him thrown out of the game. Ryan Wilson threw the puck over the glass during the PK and Edmonton made Colorado pay once again by scoring during the 5 on 3. Jordan Eberle got his 2nd goal of the series taking the puck and scoring directly after Shawn Horcoff won the faceoff. Speaking of Horcoff, he had one hell of a game. Edmonton, once again, dominated the period. 3-1 was the score after 40 minutes.

3rd period: Darcy Hordichuk added a goal to Edmonton's stash at the beginning of the period and Paul Stastny got it right back. However, the lead turned out to be too much to surmount in the end. Both teams took 2 penalties each, all of which were killed and Colorado certainly tried their best to tie the game back up again, but Nikolai Khabibulin had a strong period, especially at the end when Semyon Varlamov went to the bench for the extra attacker. 4-2 was the final.

Edmonton is now a game away from moving on to the second round. I'd have to think Colorado is the lesser of two evils here, but anyway, we'll see how the rest of this series develops.

Boxscore:

1st period:

EDM 5:49 S.Horcoff (3) (R.Jones)

Shots: Edmonton 12 - 6 Colorado

2nd period:

COL 2:51 G.Landeskog (K.Porter, S.Downie)

EDM 7:44 T.Hall (1) (S.Horcoff, R.Whitney)

EDM 12:59 J.Eberle (2) (S.Horcoff)

Shots: Edmonton 13 - 7 Colorado

3rd period:

EDM 2:04 D.Hordichuk (1) (L.Smid, E.Belanger)

COL 4:14 P.Stastny (1) (M.Hejduk, S.Elliott)

Shots: Edmonton 6 - 11 Colorado

Interesting tidbits: Ben Eager, who has been one of the best players in the series, played 5:50 tonight. Gabriel Landeskog got the second star despite playing 4:37. Sam Gagner will be out for the next 4 weeks after the hit from O'Byrne. He's suffering from a separated shoulder.

Final score: Edmonton 4 - 2 Colorado

Total shots: Edmonton 31 - 24 Colorado

3 stars:

#1 Shawn Horcoff (1G, 2A, 5 shots)

#2 Gabriel Landeskog (1G)

#3 Paul Stastny (1G)

New York Islanders @ Winnipeg Jets: Game 5

Boxscore:

1st period:

WPG 12:53 N.Antropov (1) (D.Byfuglien)

Shots: New York 10 - 12 Winnipeg

2nd period:

NYI 18:52 M.Moulson (1) (M.Grabner, M.Streit) (PP)

Shots: New York 13 - 15 Winnipeg

3rd period:

WPG 5:20 E.Fehr (1) (T.Stapleton, Z.Bogosian)

NYI 6:21 M.Reasoner (4) (M.Moulson)

WPG 7:44 T.Stapleton (2) (B.Little, Z.Bogosian) (PP)

NYI 13:28 N.Niederreiter (1) (D.Reese, J.Bailey)

Shots: New York 5 - 11 Winnipeg

OT:

Nothing

Shots: New York 9 - 10 Winnipeg

OT2:

NYI 1:36 M.Martin (2) (A.MacDonald, M.Reasoner)

Shots: New York 1 - 2 Winnipeg

Interesting tidbits: 6 players played over 33 minutes: Dustin Byfuglien, Zach Bogosian, Ron Hainsey, Travis Hamonic, Mark Streit, John Tavares. Rick Dipietro and Evgeni Nabokov shared the victory because Nabokov got hurt. He'll only be gone a week or so due to a sprained ankle. Winnipeg got 6 penalties, New York got none.

Final score: New York 4 - 3 Winnipeg (OT2)

Total shots: New York 38 - 50 Winnipeg

3 stars:

#1 Zach Bogosian (2A)

#2 Tim Stapleton (1G, 1A)

#3 Matt Moulson (1G, 1A)


Anaheim Ducks @ Minnesota Wild: Game 5

1st period: The Wild had a horrible first period to be honest. Justin Falk took a slashing penalty, Kyle Brodziak took a delay of game penalty, so did Guillaume Latendresse and Darroll Powe took a holding penalty...all of this happened in a 10 minute span. They were damn lucky the Ducks powerplay weren't able to make them pay. Minnesota understandably couldn't get much offense going, but lucky, Niklas Backstrom was up to the task. Anaheim outshot the Wild 13-6 for the period .

2nd period: The second period was a pretty crazy one. Anaheim got some penalties of their own, but the Wild weren't able to score on any of them. There was a lot of after-whistle activity, which is usually pretty rare in computer versus computer action. Corey Perry broke the scoreless tie pretty early in the period, jumping on a Toni Lydman rebound. Luca Sbisa got the scond assist. Backstrom caught a piece of the of the rebound, but it trickled in anyway. The Wild threw everything they could Jonas Hiller's way, but he was perfect tonight. In particular, he made a desperation split save on Pierre-Marc Bouchard on the doorstep. Ryan Getzlaf doubled the lead late in the period with a slapshot from the faceoff circle. Luca Sbisa and Sheldon Brookbank got the assists.

3rd period: The Wild dominated this period as well, without the help of powerplays this time. The thing is though, Hiller dominated the Wild. Dany Heatley and Marco Scandella each took another penalty, but the penalties were killed without much fuss. Sadly though, Jason Blake scored to put this game out of the Wild's reach and just like that, they're on the cusp of elimination after leading two games to none. 3-0 the final.

Interesting tidbits: Jason Blake mustered 5 shots in 7:20 of play. Jared Spurgeon was -3. No powerplay goals were scored by either team in 12 tries total.

Final score: Anaheim 3 - 0 Minnesota

Total shots: Anaheim 31 - 37 Minnesota

Boxscore:

1st period:

Nothing

Shots: Anaheim 13 - 6 Minnesota

2nd period:

ANA 3:48 C.Perry (2) (T.Lydman, L.Sbisa)

ANA 18:50 R.Getzlaf (5) (L.Sbisa, S.Brookbank)

Shots: Anaheim 10 - 17 Minnesota

3rd period:

ANA 10:29 J.Blake (1) (L.Visnovsky, S.Koivu)

Shots: Anaheim 8 - 14 Minnesota

3 stars:

#1 Jonas Hiller (37 save shutout)

#2 Corey Perry (1G)

#3 Ryan Getzlaf (1G)

Montreal Canadiens @ Tampa Bay Lightning: Game 5

Boxscore:

1st period:

MTL 4:17 T.Plekanec (3) (T.Kaberle, B.Gionta) (PP)

TB 10:08 S.Stamkos (2) (M.St.Louis, R.Malone)

TB 12:47 S.Stamkos (3) (T.Purcell, R.Shannon) (PP)

TB 14:16 V.Lecavalier (2) (T.Purcell)

MTL 18:27 E.Cole (3) (M.Pacioretty, A.Markov)

Shots: Montreal 7 - 10 Tampa Bay

2nd period:

TB 9:05 V.Lecavalier (3) (M.Commodore, T.Purcell)

Shots: Montreal 11 - 15 Tampa Bay

3rd period:

TB 3:17 D.Tyrell (1) (M.St.Louis)

TB 18:11 P.Labrie (1) (V.Lecavalier, R.Shannon)

Shots: Montreal 8 - 12 Tampa Bay

Interesting tidbits: Carey Price is human after all...or at least, the virtual version of him is hum...ahhh nevermind. Josh Gorges was a -4, P.K.Subban was a -3. Victor Hedman played 29:07. Chris Campoli will miss the next 1 to 2 weeks due to a rib injury.

Final score: Montreal 2 - 6 Tampa Bay

Total shots: Montreal 26 - 37 Tampa Bay

3 stars:

#1 Vincent Lecavalier (2G, 1A, 6 shots)

#2 Teddy Purcell (3A)

#3 Steven Stamkos (2G, 7 shots)

Columbus Blue Jackets @ Dallas Stars: Game 5

Boxscore:

1st period:

CBJ 9:55 R.Umberger (2) (R.Nash, D.Brassard) (PP)

DAL 13:31 E.Nystrom (1) (S.Robidas, S.Ott) (SHG)

CBJ 14:28 R.Nash (6) (J.Johnson, J.Wisniewski)

Shots: Columbus 16 - 8 Dallas

2nd period:

CBJ 5:05 D.Dorsett (1) (C.Gillies, R.Johansen)

Shots: Columbus 11 - 5 Dallas

3rd period:

Nothing

Shots: Columbus 9 - 10 Dallas

Interesting tidbits: The Stars, quite unexpectedly, are the first team out of the Yelnats playoffs. Steve Mason has been practically invincible, getting one of the game's first 2 stars 4 consecutive times. Rick Nash was another big part of the elimination of the Stars with his 6 goals in 5 games. James Wisniewski played 34:11, mostly due to Marc Methot only playing 24 seconds. He'll be out for 3 to 4 weeks with a broken hand.

Final score: Columbus 3 - 1 Dallas

Total shots: Columbus 36 - 23 Dallas

3 stars:

#1 Rick Nash (GWG, 1A)

#2 Steve Mason (1GA, 0.955SV%, 22 saves)

#3 Derek Dorsett (1G)

Toronto Maple Leafs @ Carolina Hurricanes: Game 5

Boxscore:

1st period:

TOR 13:34 C.Armstrong (1) (L.Schenn, M.Lombardi)

Shots: Toronto 10 - 12 Carolina

2nd period:

CAR 1:51 J.Skinner (1) (J.Pitkanen, J.Jokinen)

CAR 5:41 P.Dwyer (2) (E.Staal, J.McBain)

Shots: Toronto 11 - 9 Carolina

3rd period:

TOR 6:10 J.Lupul (5) (P.Kessel, T.Bozak)

Shots: Toronto 13 - 14 Carolina

OT:

CAR 2:38 B.Sutter (2) (D.Bowman, J.McBain)

Shots: Toronto 2 - 2 Carolina

Interesting tidbits: Drayson Bowman and Brandon Sutter played 12:57 and 10:54 respectively and combined for 9 shots. Dion Phaneuf played 33:47. Cam Ward is good. Jake Gardiner and Jiri Tlusty will each miss 1 to 2 weeks of action. Both have a sore shoulder.

Final score: Toronto 2 - 3 Carolina (OT)

Total shots: Toronto 36 - 37 Carolina

3 stars:

#1 Cam Ward (2GA, 0.941SV%, 34 saves)

#2 Brandon Sutter (OTG)

#3 Jamie McBain (2A)

Here's what the Playoff tree looks like now:

WESTERN CONFERENCE:

#9 Calgary Flames

Bye

#10 Dallas Stars 1

#15 Columbus Blue Jackets 4

#11 Colorado Avalanche 2

#14 Edmonton Oilers 3

#12 Minnesota Wild 2

#13 Anaheim Ducks 3

EASTERN CONFERENCE

#9 Buffalo Sabres

Bye

#10 Tampa Bay Lightning 3

#15 Montreal Canadiens 2

#11 Winnipeg Jets 3

#14 New York Islanders 2

#12 Carolina Hurricanes 2

#13 Toronto Maple Leafs 3

I will be absent again tomorrow, so I should be back saturday with days 11 and 12. Dallas is out, everyone else is still in.

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