Yesterday was going to be so glorious. We were prepared to ridiculously gloat about the results from our little challenge with Dustin Penner. Instead, Mike Richards was put on waivers and the proverbial train came off the tracks in a real hurry. With order somewhat restored, let’s get back to the real business at hand – determining a winner in the Team Mayor vs. Team Penner All Star Game faceoff.
If you missed the original article, what we did was hold our own All Star Fantasy Draft. We used the same roster of 42 players selected to the actual 2015 NHL All Star teams, and alternated picks back and forth. Penner captained one team and I captained the other. That original article is also full of some classic Penner chirps, as he not only selected his team, but offered “evaluations” of guys along the way.
Unfortunately, because we were having so much during the draft last week, we forgot to actually establish real stakes in our contest. Besides the obvious idea of pride or for bragging rights, this was a golden opportunity left on the table. More on that in a few minutes, though.
Penner was convinced I was trying to lose, or at the very least, he admitted to not understanding my draft strategy. Further, I took a beating in social media for letting him select both Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty with two of his first three picks. How did things turn out, you ask? Not too shabby.
After the first period, we were tied in goals, with four per side. Team Mayor picked up goals, valued at two points each, from: Jakub Voracek, Ryan Johansen (2), and John Tavares. Team Penner had goals from: Radim Vrbata, Ryan Getzlaf, Patrice Bergeron, and Kevin Shattenkirk.
When you add in the assists, valued at one point each, and take the deductions for goals allowed by each team’s goaltender, subtracting one point for each goal allowed, the score was: Team Mayor 12, Team Penner 11.
In the second period, Team Mayor added seven more goals (Tyler Seguin, Rick Nash, Filip Forsberg, Voracek, Nick Foligno, and two from Tavares), while Team Penner picked up four more goals (Ryan Suter, Claude Giroux, and two from Steven Stamkos). Once again, adding in the points for assists and reductions for goals allowed, Team Mayor won the period 16-13. Bringing the total after 40 minutes of play to: Team Mayor 28, Team Penner 24.
In the final period, Team Mayor again won the stanza, largely on the strength of seven goals compared to Team Penner’s three goals. All in, with every point accounted for, Team Mayor won the challenge 44-37.
Breaking down each category, Team Mayor scored more goals (18-11), recorded slightly fewer assists (25-27), and letting a few more markers slip past our three goalies (12-17). If goals were only worth a single point instead of two, we would have tied 30-30. However, Team Mayor played with a forward short due to Tyler Johnson of the Tampa Bay Lightning being a last minute scratch. We also had the actual game MVP on our squad.
In the end, without any actual prize at stake, I’m now left standing here feeling like a Canucks fan, clinging to some strange moral victory.
Meanwhile, Penner sits comfortably, perhaps feeling more like a Kings fan talking to a Ducks or Sharks fan, as he is simply asking me (again), ‘Which one of us has more Cups?’
Dammit. I beat Penner. Yet, he still somehow comes out on top… again.
The Return of Dustin Penner – his comedic look at the players selected to the 2015 ASG
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