Our Stanley Cup Playoffs Simulation From NHL 15

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Western Conference Finals

St Louis Blues v Winnipeg Jets – Winnipeg win the series 4-0 and advance to Stanley Cup Finals

Maybe some tired legs were on show for St Louis here, as Winnipeg showed their dominance, sweeping the Blues 4-0, despite a tough fought battle.

With the Jets taking home ice for game one, they grabbed a tight 3-2 victory, and this was followed up by another close encounter, as Winnipeg won 5-3 in game two. St Louis needed something for their fans to cheer for as they brought the series back to the Scottrade Center, but the Jets once again prevailed, this time with a scoreline of 4-2.

The Blues were left needing a miracle in game four, but were unable to find it as Winnipeg completed a clean sweep, winning 5-3, to send them to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Blake Wheeler hit a run of form in round two, and now that form was well and truly at its peak, as he notched up five goals and three assists in just four games. Little added three more assists to his ever growing tally, and Frolík also contributed with four points. Despite losing every game of the series, St Louis were never beaten by a big scoreline, thanks to Patrik Berglund who took three points, and six points for Jori Lehtera. Brian Elliot finished his playoff journey with a Sv% of .918, as Winnipeg marched forward to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Eastern Conference Finals

Washington Capitals v Tampa Bay Lightning – Washington win the series 4-3 and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals

With Washington and Tampa both making short work of their opponents in the second round, they were fresh and ready to fight for a place in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Game one saw Tampa Bay start with the home ice advantage, although Washington were in no mood to offer any favors, as they stormed to a 7-2 thrashing of the Lightning. Some stern words in the locker room are sure to have followed, and Tampa put on a matured display in game two, with a narrow 1-0 victory, as Ben Bishop secured a shutout.

Washington took game three with a 2-1 victory back at the Verizon Center, but the series swung back to a tie as Tampa Bay won 5-2 in game four. The series began to tighten even further, as Washington grabbed the narrowest of victories in game 5, winning 3-2. Tampa Bay then won game six by a score of 3-2, taking the series to a decider.

As Tampa took the final game back to home ice, they could not send their fans into a frenzy, as Washington capitalized on the opportunity at stake, grabbing a 3-1 win to send them into the Stanley Cup Finals.

The battle between the two behemoths – Ovechkin and Stamkos, was always going to be a big talking point in this one, and Ovechkin’s extra two points over Stamkos may have been the ultimate reason for Washington’s success, as they scored eight and six points respectively. Nicklas Bäckström added six more points to his tally, and Jonathan Drouin scored 8 points for Tampa, the MVP of this round, for the Lightning. Holtby took his overall Sv% to .926, as Ben Bishop bowed out of the playoffs with a Sv% of .917.

Advancing to Stanley Cup Finals – Winnipeg Jets, Washington Capitals.

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