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    ECL 10 Elite: Semifinals continue tonight

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    On the one hand, today is just a regular Wednesday. 

    It could just be any day that ends with a -y really – keeping track of time tends to get bumped down on the list of priorities in the time of the pandemic.

    On the other hand, today is not just a regular Wednesday. It is another NHLGamer ECL Elite Playoff Broadcast day. And you know those days are special. 

    Especially when you have Elite teams like Färjestad BK, Linköping HC, hREDS and HAVU Gaming on the virtual ice and talent like @Tougie24, @Cynand @f5penguin in the broadcasting booth.

    Check your local listings for information on when the broadcast starts. Or, you know, just take a look at the dashing poster art below. 

    ECL_10_Elite_Semifinals_270520.jpg

    It starts at 20:00 CEST, okay? 

    Playoff broadcast. 20.00. Write it down. See you there (twitch.tv/NHLGamer).

     

     

    Farjestad_BK.png Färjestad BK - Linköping HC 1-1 Linkoping_HC.png (0-5, 6-3)

    The Färjestad underdog train just keeps on chugging, does it not? While it looked like the big, bad Linköping established dominance in Game 1 through a 5-0 drubbing, FBK dug deep and came back to win game 2 by way of a 6-3 score. And they did so in classic FBK fashion: solid defense, strong goaltending, smart decisions with the puck and X factors like @affelj96 and @eBasstian who both scored hat tricks in Game 2. The championship experience of LHC shouldn’t be underestimated, though. These guys have been here before. They’ve faced underdogs, they’ve been down 3-1 in the ECL finals… they’ve seen it all.

    Goaltender @ICappeI said before Game 1 that LHC wouldn’t adapt to FBK's game style, instead choosing to play their game while forcing FBK to adapt. 

    Perhaps that mindset has changed ahead of Games 3 and 4? It remains to be seen.

     

    hREDS_logo_png.png hREDS - HAVU Gaming HAVUGaming.png0-2 (2-3 OT, 2-3 3OT)

    One could argue the hREDS - HAVU series was actually a lot closer than the FBK - LHC series judging by Games 1 & 2. Even so, that series is tied at 1 whereas this one has HAVU in the lead 2-0. How did we get here? 

    Well, by way of identical 3-2 (OT) scores.

    Both games played in this series saw HAVU carrying a 2-1-lead heading into the 3rd period with hREDS coming back to tie it late, once by leading playoff scorer @NikkeDangles and once by the lethal @Joukki. 

    However, HAVU showed their championship pedigree by getting the deciding goal in overtime two times over – one by assistant captain @Dominointiand one by deadly defender @willekunq. 

    As two games are set to be played tonight, Games 3 & 4, hREDS actually faces the very real danger of elimination. Can they stave it off and steal a game (or two) against the green and black? Tune in to find out.

     

     

     

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