Friday, May 25, 2007

Simulation says Sens in six

The NHL has taken such a long break between the conference finals and the Stanley Cup final, that the folks at EA Sports (it's in the Game!) have found all sorts of time to set up a simulation of the showdown between the Sens and the Ducks. And taking the puck into their own hands, EA has declared a winner.

If the EA game players got it right, Ottawa had best make the preparations for the parade, as the simulation played out the series, Dany Heatley scored the series-winning goal late in Game 6 by finishing off a 2-on-1 with Jason Spezza. A scenario that isn't all that far fetched considering the success that the Sens big line had in real time.

In the artificial world, the Sens didn't get off to a good start in the series dropping the opener 2-0, but then shutting down the Ducks and taking the next three in a row, the Sens slipped in game five but clinched in game Six.

EA's game console warriors found that Ray Emery was destined to have a monster of a series, shutting down the Ducks in games two, three, four and six.

Gary Bettman can only hope that the real time series which is not set to run until Monday evening, can match up with the excitement that the game playing generation provided. There was one bit of good news for the NHL however from the EA simulation, at no time did a horse race jump up and interupt the coverage of the Stanley Cup final.

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