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2020 WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER FINAL #2

                                                                

#2 Alamo Defenders (47-28-7) vs. #3 Chicago Cosa Nostra (48-31-3)
GAME #1 at Alamo Playing one game per file.

It’s early in the 1st period, and Blake Wheeler commits a penalty only 49 seconds into the game. The Defenders fight off the penalty. With 13:12 to go in the 1st, Aaron Ekblad scores to put Alamo on top. Then, two minutes later, Leon Draisaitl scores and Alamo is up, 2-0.

In the 2nd period, Alamo gets a power play, and Stamkos puts one in the net. After 2 periods, Alamo is up 3-0.

3rd period – Stamkos scores his 2nd goal of the game, and the Defenders are up, 4-0. With 10:43 to go, Chicago gets on the scoreboard via a Toews goal.

Chicago only had 7 shots in the 1st period and 5 shots in the 2nd. Then, they go on a 20 shot rampage in the 3rd, but can muster only 1 goal.

Alamo 4 Chicago 1

1st star – Stamkos 2 goals
2nd star – Lehner 31 saves
3rd star – Ekblad 1 goal

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GAME #2 at Alamo Chicago makes a goaltending change and puts Blackwood into goal. It ends up being a great move.

In the 1st period, Pastrnak scores his 1st goal of the game. Both defenses play very well and limit the shots on goal. Alamo has 21 shots on goal and Chicago has 17. Chicago plays tough and has 39 hits to Alamo’s 16. Both goalies play well, and no one scores besides Pastrnak. Blackwood gets a shutout for Cosa Nostra.

Chicago 1 Alamo 0

1st star – Blackwood 21 saves
2nd star – Pastrnak 1 goal
3rd star – Toews 1 assist

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SUMMARY: Chicago wins game 2, 1-0. The series is now tied at 1. Stray, let me know if you want me to play game 3, and/or any changes.

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GAME #3 at Chicago It’s very early in the game, and Alamo gets a contribution from Leon Draisaitl. He scores his 2nd goal of the series. Assists go to Seguin and Matheson. At the 12:40 mark, Alamo strikes again as Stamkos scores his 2nd goal of the series. Assists go to McAvoy and Marchand. It’s 2-0 after 1 period.

In the second period, no one scores. Chicago leads in shots, 12-3. Lehner is hot for the Defenders.

3rd period, Chicago gets on the board with a Pastrnak goal. It’s his second goal. Subban and Kane get the assists.

Alamo hangs on due to good goaltending from Lehner. Chicago outshoots Alamo, 30-16.

Alamo 2 Chicago 1

1st star – Lehner 29 saves.
2nd star – Draisaitl 1 goal
3rd star – Stamkos 1 goal

Note: Pastrnak has 7 shots on goal.

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SUMMARY: Alamo wins 2-1 to take game 3 in Chicago. Alamo leads the series, 2-1. Games 2 and 3 were one goal games. 

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GAME #4 at Chicago 1st period – At the 12:52 mark, Aaron Ekblad scores his 2nd goal of the playoffs. Alamo outshoots Chicago 10-7.

2nd period – Chicago ties the game on a Kopitar short-handed goal. On the same power play, Alamo scores courtesy of Draisaitl. Then, at the 8:20 mark, Dadonov scores on an unassisted power play. It’s 2-2.

Later in the 2nd, at the 10:20 mark, Wheeler scores his 1st goal of the playoffs on a power play goal. Exactly 2 minutes later, Matheson scores.

In the 3rd, Chicago out shoots Alamo 10-4, but there is no scoring.

Alamo wins, 4-2.

4 power play goals were scored, 1 short handed, and 1 even handed.

Alamo 4 Chicago 2

1st star – Wheeler
2nd star – Draisaitl
3rd star – Matheson

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GAME #5 at Alamo Alamo is feeling tight as they play Cosa Nostra.

1:34 into the 1st period, Chicago strikes on a DeBrincat goal. It’s his first goal of the series. Kae and Dubois record the assists. Alamo out shoots Chicago, 9-2, but Chicago goes 1 for 2 on the shots and lead, 1-0.

2nd period -Alamo out shoots Chicago 12-7, but no one scores.

3rd period – Alamo again out shoots Chicago,10-5. No one scores.

Mrazak plays a tremendous game and shuts down the Defenders.

Chicago 1 Alamo 0

1st star -Mrazak
2nd star – DeBrincat
3rd star – Dubois.

We had back to Chicago for a game 6.

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SUMMARY: Chicago defeats Alamo 1-0. We go back to Chicago for a game 6.

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WEEKLY PREVIEW: Alamo travels back to Chicago. They have some Italian Beef sandwiches to see if they can gain some energy. Alamo leads 3-2.

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GAME #6 at Chicago Good close period. Chicago leads in shots, 10-8. But, there are no scores.

2nd period – Chicago breaks through on a Koivu goal. It’s his 1st of the playoffs. Dubois gets credit for the assist. Shots were 7-7.

3rd period -Alamo performs admirably, 13-5, but can’t find the net. Mrazek throws his 2nd straight shutout!

Interesting stat: Stamkos goes 3 – 17 on faceoffs won.

Chicago 1 Alamo 0

1st Mrazek
2nd Koivu
3rd Duboi

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SUMMARY: Chicago takes game 6, 1-0. Now, we are at 3 to 3 and head to the Alamo for the 7th game.

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WEEKLY PREVIEW: Chicago and Alamo play a game 7 in San Antonio. Who will be clutch? Can Alamo get their offense together.

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GAME #1: In the 1st period, Chicago presses forward and scores on a Dubois goal at 3:28 of the 1st period. It’s Dubois’ first goal of the series. Alamo leads on shots, 11-7. Later in the 1st period, Stamkos finally gets the Defenders on the board. The first period closes out 1-1.

2nd period – In the 2nd period, Alamo scores both goals. Stamkos and Draisaitl score and Alamo leads, 3-1.

3rd period – Alamo’s defense shuts down Chicago. Draisaitl scores, and Marchand finally scores his 1st goal of the series.

Shots were close – Chicago 24-23, but Alamo finally finds the net.

Alamo 5 Chicago 1

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SUMMARY: Alamo finally gets going after being shut out in 2 straight games. Alamo wins 5-1 to take the series, 4 games to 3.

Series MVP for Alamo – Lehner -1.14 goals against and .952 winning percentage. Runner up: Stamkos with 7 points including 5 goals.