2012 Yelnats Cup Playoffs: Round 1, Day 2.

Devin Setoguchi was one of the best players of the night. Check out how he did! (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)


Hello simulated hockey fans! Opening night was a success, except when you consider both the Oilers and the Jets got wins. Tonight, our Wild opens their series at home against the Anaheim Ducks. Should be interesting. Here's what's on the docket for tonight:

#13 Anaheim Ducks @ #12 Minnesota Wild (Featured game)

#15 Columbus Blue Jackets @ #10 Dallas Stars

#15 Montreal Canadiens @ #10 Tampa Bay Lightning

#13 Toronto Maple Leafs @ #12 Carolina Hurricanes

So 4 games tonight, back to 2 tomorrow. It sucks that it turned out that way, but it's not the end of the world. I'll be watching the Wild-Ducks games and I'll give the boxscore for the other 3.

DON'T FORGET TO SUBMIT YOUR YELNATS BRACKET BEFORE MAY 12TH! Yelnats Bracket 2012

Anaheim Ducks @ Minnesota Wild

1st period: A very eventful 1st period at the virtual X. The Ducks scored on their very first shot on goal. Lubomir Visnovsky carried the puck into the offensive zone and beat Niklas Backstrom blocker side. The defense did a horrible job letting him waltz in like that. Corey Perry was awarded an assist. On the next shift, Ryan Getlzaf took a penalty after the whistle and Pierre-Marc Bouchard immediately scored on a deflection on a Tom Gilbert shot, who got the cross-ice pass from Kurtis Foster. Yes, Bouchard is playing. I decided to ignore injuries for all teams and have them ice the best lineups possible. Tom Gilbert took a roughing penalty, which the Wild skillfully killed. The home team, despite being outplayed by the Ducks for most of the period, took the lead after Devin Setoguchi got a pass from Dany Heatley in the slot and beat Jonas Hiller blocker side. Justin Falk was given the second assist. Later on in the period, the 4th line got on the board for the Wild as Stephane Veilleux buried a rebound off a Visnovsky block in front of the net. Assists were given to Jared Spurgeon and Nick Johnson. Getlzaf buried his own rebound after a Gilbert block, pretty much just like Veilleux had done. Francois Beauchemin and Lubomir Visnovsky got assists.

Speaking of Visnovsky, he was an offensive force for the Ducks in the 1st period, with a goal, an assist and a whopping 5 shots on goal. Shots were 18-8 for the Ducks, but the Wild had a 3-2 lead after 20. This was a pretty physical game compared to last night's matchup between the Oilers and the Avs. The two teams compared for 12 hits in the first period, while the Oilers and Avs only had 4.

2nd period: Wild came out hungrier to start the period. Faster, stronger and more dangerous.They gave some sustained pressure for about the first 4 minutes. A turning point in the game came off a Niklas Backstrom save on Saku Koivu, on a breakaway after a defensive mishap. To mirror what happened in the first period, the Wild were dominating, but it's the Ducks who got on the board. Bobby Ryan tied the game after taking the puck from Perry, going around the goal, shrugging off a hit and shooting a backhander in front of the net. Getlzaf got the other assist. Ryan took an ill-timed slashing call at the end of the period and the Wild took a powerplay with them to start the third period. The Wild caught up in shots in the period, shooting 15 and allowing 9.

3rd period: That penalty Ryan took at the end of the period proved to be a very costly one. Devin Setoguchi, all alone in front of the net, scored point blank on the powerplay. Heatley was the one who passed the puck to Setoguchi again for his second goal of the night. Mikko Koivu got the 2nd assist. The Ducks were unable to get any offensive zone time, let alone beat Backstrom. Pierre-Marc Bouchard sealed it with the empty netter, Matt Cullen and Steven Kampfer got the assists.

In the end, the Ducks' undoing was an over-reliance to their first line. They got all the offense and were each +3, but they can't do it all by themselves. The second line played about 15-17 minutes and were all -2 and Minnesota had the clear advantage whenever anyone else than Perry, Getzlaf and Ryan were on the ice. The Wild's first line had a pretty good game too, combining for 22 of the team's 37 shots. The Wild were able to count on offense from 3 lines and capitalized on both of their PP opportunities. They also got some offense from the blueline. All d-men but Marco Scandella got a point. That's what made the difference tonight. Good start for the Wild!

Final Score: Anaheim 3 - 5 Minnesota

Total Shots: Anaheim 36 - 37 Minnesota

Boxscore:

1st period:

ANA 0:48 L.Visnovsky (1) (C.Perry)

MIN 1:21 P.Bouchard (1) (T.Gilbert, K.Foster) (PP)

MIN 14:02 D.Setoguchi (1) (D.Heatley, J.Falk)

MIN 16:00 S.Veilleux (1) (J.Spurgeon, N.Johnson)

ANA 19:11 R.Getzlaf (1) (L.Visnovsky, F.Beauchemin)

Shots: Anaheim 18 - 8 Minnesota

2nd period:

ANA 13:15 B.Ryan (1) (C.Perry, R.Getzlaf)

Shots: Anaheim 9 - 15 Minnesota

3rd period:

MIN 0:28 D.Setoguchi (2) (D.Heatley, M.Koivu) (PP)

MIN 19:49 P.Bouchard (2) (M.Cullen, S.Kampfer) (EN)

Shots: Anaheim 9 -14 Minnesota

3 Stars:

#1 Devin Setoguchi (2G, 8 shots)

#2 Pierre-Marc Bouchard (2G)

#3 Ryan Getzlaf (1G, 1A, +3)

Columbus Blue Jackets @ Dallas Stars

1st period:

CBJ 4:37 R.Umberger (1) (D.Brassard, J.Wisniewski) (PP)

DAL 12:02 A.Goligoski (1) (E.Nystrom, S.Robidas) (SHG)

DAL 18:52 B.Morrow (1) (A.Burish, A.Goligoski)

Shots: Columbus 15 - 10 Dallas

2nd period:

Nothing

Shots: Columbus 9 - 6 Dallas

3rd period:

CBJ 2:46 J.Johnson (1) (M.Letestu, K.Huselius)

CBJ 8:45 R.Nash (1) (R.Umberger, D.Brassard)

DAL 15:50 M.Ryder (1) (M.Ribeiro, T.Daley)

Shots: Columbus 14 - 8 Dallas

OT:

Nothing

2OT:

CBJ 17:28 R.Nash (2) (D.Mackenzie, F.Tyutin)

Shots both OTs combined (I'll have to count OT shots manually I guess): Columbus 9 - 9 Dallas

Final Score: Columbus 4 - 3 Dallas (2OT)

Total Shots: Columbus 47 - 33 Dallas

3 Stars:

#1 Rick Nash (2G, OTG, 10 shots)

#2 Alex Goligoski (1G, 1A)

#3 R.J. Umberger (1G, 1A)

Interesting tidbits: Jack Johnson played 45:58, which is over 7 minutes more than his closest competitor in that chapter, Alex Goligoski! Also, James Wisniewski will be injured for the next 1 to 2 weeks.

Montreal Canadiens @ Tampa Bay Lightning

1st period:

TB 13:38 B.Connolly (1) (R.Shannon, E.Brewer) (PP)

Shots: Montreal 9 - 11 Tampa Bay

2nd period:

MTL 9:29 E.Cole (1) (D.Desharnais, P.Subban)

Shots: Montreal 11 - 9 Tampa Bay

3rd period:

Nothing

Shots: Montreal 8 - 11 Tampa Bay

OT:

TB 3:57 V.Lecavalier (1) (T.Purcell, R.Shannon) (PP)

Shots: Montreal 0 - 4 Tampa Bay

Final Score: Montreal 1 - 2 Tampa Bay (OT)

Total Shots: Montreal 28 - 35 Tampa Bay

3 Stars:

#1 Dwayne Roloson (1GA, .963SV%, 27 saves)

#2 Carey Price (2GA, .941SV%, 33 saves)

#3 Vincent Lecavalier (OTG, 5 shots)

Interesting Tidbits: Ryan Shannon got 2 assists in 8:34 ice time... Brett Connolly got the opening goal, but only played 5:03 because of injury. He's considered day-to-day. 4 D-men played over 24 minutes for the Habs despite the OT lasting only 3:57.

Toronto Maple Leafs @ Carolina Hurricanes

1st period:

TOR 10:18 J.Rosehill (1) (T.Connolly, D.Steckel)

CAR 11:52 B.Sutter (1) (J.Jokinen, T.Ruutu)

Shots: Toronto 14 - 7 Carolina

2nd period:

Nothing

Shots: Toronto 17 - 9 Carolina

3rd period:

CAR: 2:52 J.Tlusty (1) (E.Staal) (PP)

TOR 11:23 P. Kessel (1) (T.Bozak, J.Lupul)

CAR 15:02 J.Tlusty (2) (E.Staal, C.Larose)

Shots: Toronto 13 - 15 Carolina

Final Score: Toronto 2 - 3 Carolina

Total Shots: Toronto 44 - 31 Carolina

3 Stars:

#1 Cam Ward (2GA, .952SV%, 42 saves)

#2 Jiri Tlusty (2G, 5 shots)

#3 Eric Staal (2A)

Interesting tidbits: Looks like trading Tlusty for Philippe Paradis bit the Leafs in the ass!

So here's what the playoff bracket looks like right now:

WESTERN CONFERENCE:

#9 Calgary Flames

Bye

#10 Dallas Stars 0

#15 Columbus Blue Jackets 1

#11 Colorado Avalanche 0

#14 Edmonton Oilers 1

#12 Minnesota Wild 1

#13 Anaheim Ducks 0

EASTERN CONFERENCE

#9 Buffalo Sabres

Bye

#10 Tampa Bay Lightning 1

#15 Montreal Canadiens 0

#11 Winnipeg Jets 1

#14 New York Islanders 0

#12 Carolina Hurricanes 1

#13 Toronto Maple Leafs 0

Tomorrow night, 2 game 2s... Edmonton Oilers @ Colorado Avalanche and New York Islanders @ Winnipeg Jets. See you there!

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