Ramblings: Saturday Round-Robin Results, A Wild Situation (Aug 9)

Ian Gooding

2020-08-09

After Friday's six-pack of must-watch elimination games (with five resulting in the elimination of a team), Saturday's pair of round-robin games may have seemed like a letdown for hockey fans looking to get their fix. Yet these games had playoff matchup implications, which made them worth checking out if you had the chance.

In the first game, the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Colorado Avalanche by a score of 4-3. The win gave the Golden Knights a 3-0-0 round-robin record and the top seed in the West. Vegas will face the #12-seed Chicago Blackhawks in the round-of-16 playoffs. With a 2-1-0 record in round-robin, the Avalanche will receive the #11-seed Arizona Coyotes.

In the game, Alex Tuch scored in overtime to give Vegas the win. Jonathan Marchessault scored two goals and fired four shots on goal to lead the Vegas scoring charge. Shea Theodore chipped in a pair of assists.

For the Avs, J.T. Compher, Nazem Kadri, and Mikko Rantanen each recorded a pair of points.

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In the second game, the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 5-1. The win gave the Flyers a 3-0-0 round-robin record and the top seed in the East. That means the Flyers, who at the pause were the fourth-ranked team in the Eastern Conference, face the #12-seed Montreal Canadiens in what seemed like an improbable playoff matchup prior to the return to play. If the Flyers aren't getting the respect they deserve, it's worth mentioning that they finished the regular season with wins in nine of their last ten games.

Nicolas Aube-Kubel led the Flyers attack, scoring twice in the first period. If he was somehow in your multicategory playoff pool, he had a big day for you with a plus-2, six shots, and three shots.

Joel Farabee scored a goal and added an assist, while Sean Couturier and Shayne Gostisbehere each had two assists. In case you're wondering about Ghost, he