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My NHL 12 GM Career - Sept. 23, 2011

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In-Game Date: Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Recap from yesterday:
Scores:
DAL 2 - SJ 3 (SO)
CMB 3 - STL 1
FLA 0 - WPG 4
NYI 3 - PIT 4 (OT)
BUF 4 - TOR 3
COL 7 - VAN 8 (OT)

Transactions: None
Notable Injuries: None

Tonight is the pre-season opener for my Seattle Jackals! Time to see what my drafting powers have whipped up as I set out against the Oilers. Letting Rask start things off and hoping he can put together a win and work towards the starting position. I'd had for my first goalie pick ever to be a bust!

Seattle Jackals (0-0-0) @ Edmonton Oilers (0-0-0)


Tuukka Rask (0-0-0, 0.00 GAA) VS. Calvin Pickard (0-0-0, 0.00 GAA)

First Period:


Penalties:

00:25 - SEA - J. Johnson, Interference
02:33 - EDM - F. Nielsen, Roughing
02:33 - EDM - F. Nielsen, Roughing
19:30 - SEA - D. Carcillo, Interference

Goals:
08:01 - EDM - L. Stempniak (1), (M. Gaborik)
08:54 - SEA - A. Burish (1), (D. Carcillo)
16:54 - EDM - S. Hartnell (1), (L. Stempniak, A. Lilja)

Shots: SEA 18, EDM 17
Faceoffs: SEA 14, EDM 10

Despite a four minute advantage thanks to a double roughing call, my powerplay unit couldn't get it done. On the bright side we had a quick responsive goal scored by Burish to make sure we stay even. We're getting outplayed in a lot of fields; Time on Attack, Passing Percentage and Hits. If we can correct that for the upcoming periods we can stay in this.

Stempniak opened the scoring in the preseason here in Edmonton after a couple early powerplays came up short for each team.
The Oilers brought their physical game early on, nearly doubling the Jackals in hits. Rebound chances have been the undoing so far for Seattle goalie Tukka Rask as Scott Hartnell was allowed to bang one home on his third attempt to send the Oilers up 2-1 shortly before the end of the first period.


Eberle lays out Lilja deep in the Edmonton zone in the first.


Rask gets down to block one of seventeen shots he saw in the first period of play.

Second Period:


Penalties:

07:33 - EDM - F. Nielsen, Slashing
13:59 - SEA - B. Bickell, Interference

Goals:
04:51 - SEA - T. Fleischmann (1), (R. Dvorak, A. Salmela)
08:19 - SEA - D. Sedin (1)(PP), (H. Sedin, B. Schenn)
15:32 - EDM - S. Hartnell (2)(PP), (F. Nielsen, L. Stempniak)
17:21 - EDM - M. Gaborik (1), (N. Kronwall, C. Ehrhoff)

Shots: SEA 14, EDM 21
Faceoffs: SEA 5, EDM 15

The big guns came out in the second period with the Sedins both getting on the score sheet, unfortunately it's Edmonton's grinders that are giving me a tough time getting this W. Everything we seem to be doing, they are doing more and better.

Both teams squared off with a powerplay goal each in the second with Hartnell getting his second of the night. The Oilers continue to outplay the Jackals, winning an astounding 15 of 20 faceoffs in the second stanza. Seattle's passing game improved which allowed the team a couple goals in the first half of the period only to be answered by a pair of goals in the second half by the Oilers.


Scott Hartnell celebrates his second goal on the night.


Calvin Pickard makes the glove save against Colin Greening's blue line slapshot.

Third Period:


Penalties:

01:04 - EDM - F. Nielsen, Checking from Behind (Game Misconduct)
04:09 - EDM - C. Ehrhoff, Delay of Game

Goals:
01:10 - SEA - M. Grabner (1)(PP), (H. Sedin)
02:20 - SEA - J. Johnson (1)(PP), (B. Bickell, B. Schenn)
05:36 - SEA - D. Sedin (2)(PP), (M. Grabner, H. Sedin)
19:16 - SEA - J. Eberle (1)(EN), (T. Fleischmann, A. Salmela)

Shots: SEA 28, EDM 13
Faceoffs: SEA 11, EDM 12
Looks like my choice to draft the Sedins back-to-back is paying off in big dividends in the early going. Our top players really brought their A game in the third

A game misconduct in the early portion of the third period ending up spelling the doom of the Oilers as the Jackals went on to score three goals on the ensuing powerplay including a tally by Grabner on the backhand six seconds after being checked from behind by Edmonton's Nielsen.

Nielsen racked up 21 of Edmonton's 23 penalty minutes, compared to Seattle's 6. This resulted in Seattle going 4 for 6 with the man advantage while the Oilers could only muster a 1 for 3 effort.

Seattle's top line combined for 3 goals, 4 assists and a combined -3 rating, showing that while the Jackals may be well on their way to an explosive offensive season, defense is still key.


Rask gets the pad out against Cracknell, denying a scoring chance.


Grabner lays out Smith, seeking vengenace for the hit taken from Nielsen.

Final:
SEA 7 (W: T. Rask)
EDM 4 (L: C. Pickard)

3 Stars:
1) EDM - Scott Hartnell - 2G, 0A, 5 Hits, +2
2) EDM - Lee Stempniak - 1G, 2A, +2
3) SEA - Daniel Sedin - 2G, 0A, -1

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So that concludes the presentation of my first game, hopefully entertaining for some people at least. From here on out I'll be seeing how much effort is involved in including some video clips, as well as trying to make them as presentable as possible.

All questions, comments and feedback welcome!
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