After the first round of the simulation, both 2002-03 and 1994-95 are facing a last place seed if they lose their next matchup. A matchup of the two winners will come after this.
1995 started the scoring right out of the gate with a Mike Peluso goal 2:08 into the first period. Colin White was then caught for holding at 7:13 and 1995 made them pay for it when Tom Chorske scored a powerplay goal to extend the lead to 2-0. Just before the period ended, Sergei Brylin extended the lead to 3-0.
In the 2nd, Neil Broten and Stephane Richer scored to further their cause 5-0. Brodeur was then replaced by Corey Schwab in net. Tommy Albelin scored in the third to bring 1995 to the final score of 6-0 and capped off a dominant Game 1 to take a 1-0 series lead.
Scott Stevens got caught for a high sticking at 15:49 into the first period. Once again, 1995 made them pay for the penalty and Scott Niedermayer scored to open the scoring 1-0. In the second period, Joe Nieuwendyk had two penalties called on him. In between those two penalties, though, Claude Lemiux scored to push 1995’s lead to 8 straight goals against 2003, 2-0.
In the third, Nieuwendyk scored to give 2003’s first goal of the series and cut the lead to 2-1. About 5 minutes later, John Madden scored to tie the game at 2. Going into overtime, 1995 started to play on their heels. After Chris McAlpine’s penalty, 1995 used the momentum off the penalty they just killed and ended up winning the game on a Stephane Richer goal to take a 2-0 series lead. The final score was 3-2.
1995 saw Game 3 as a huge opportunity to take a very commanding 3-0 series lead. 7 seconds into the game, Tom Chorske scored to once again give 1995 a 1-0 lead. 1995 continued to hold down their lead until the second. Instead of holding down their lead they added to it with a Bobby Holik goal.
With desperation kicking in, Jamie Langenbrunner scored to cut the lead to 2-1 and put 2003 back into the game. Despite their best efforts, 2003 lost once again and fell behind in the series 3-0.
Both teams were playing hard for the first 10 minutes of Game 4. 2003 finally broke the initial tie first on a Langenbrunner goal to try to claw back with a 1-0 lead. Less than 3 minutes later, Stephane Richer brought the game back to even and suddenly turned this series into a sudden death series. With a scoreless second period, it seemed like the next goal would definitely win.
A minute into the third, Colin White went to the penalty box because of a penalty and 1995 was on the PP. Although they would not convert, at around 9 minutes in Bill Guerin scored to give 1995 a 2-1 lead. A couple minutes later Bill Guerin went to the penalty box and 2003 was given a man advantage to try and tie the game. They did not convert. At 18:09, Patrik Elias was tagged with a penalty to give 1995 a PP and essentially end the game.
1994-95 dominated in their series against 2002-03 and won the series 4-0. 2002-03 automatically clinched last place with the loss even if they beat 1999-00.
1999-00: 1-0, 17 GF
2011-12: 1-0, 12 GF
1994-95: 1-1, 34 GF
2002-03: 0-2, 11 GF
Next series will be 1999-00 and 2011-12 determining the #1 seed and who will play 2002-03.