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PLAAY-Dot-CON 2018: HOCKEY BLAST All-Time Franchise Great Teams Tournament

PLAAY-Dot-CON 2018Historic Hockey: Jason Retallack (L) faced a big challenge taking on the All-Time "Iron Curtain" Soviet team, coached by Mark Russell. Even facing Jason's star-studded All-Time Boston squad, few in the room thought the Russians could lose.

This was a double-bracket, single elimination tournament with the All-Time Franchise Great Teams cards. Everyone chose their team at the beginning of the event, we had a dice roll for "draft order." The specialty teams included with ATFG3 (All-Time Soviet, All-Time WHA, and All-Time One-Hit Wonders) were eligible for this tournament, along with the 30 current franchise ATFG teams and the Oakland/Cleveland ATFG team. Standard game rules applied, including line skips and double-shifts. Strategy card usage was allowed, if both coaches agreed on using them. Overtime was 5-on-5, sudden death, although none of the games were decided that way.

With a ten-team field, coming up with a balanced tournament format was difficult. We wanted to ensure that everyone got to play at least two games. Everyone finally settled on an informal arrangement where first-round winners would play other winners, with one unbalanced match-up (which wound up being Pittsburgh and Colorado). and the teams with the best record would play for the championship.

Here are the participants, along with the teams they chose to play...

Mark Russell (USSR)
David Santistevan (Tampa Bay)
Bob Hansen (Hartford)
Jason Retallack (Boston)
Keith Nemes (Detroit)
Michael Owens (Montreal)
Erik Holdaway (Colorado)
Jim Surprenant (Edmonton)
Pete Stevens (Chicago)
Pittsburgh (Al Wilson)

Round ONE Results

USSR 5, Tampa Bay 0: (No contest here, as Lightning killed any chance they had with penalties.)
Boston 4, Hartford 3: Whalers hang in there with a flurry of second period goals, but Esposito scores GW.)
Detroit 5, Montreal 3: (Wings erase early 3-0 Habs lead, score five unanswered goals.)
Colorado 2, Edmonton 0: (First-period goals from Stastny and Goulet, Roy makes it stand up.)
Chicago 8, Pittsburgh 2: (2-2 after one, Crosby scores twice; but Hawks pour it on, eight different goal-scorers in this one!)

Round TWO Results

Edmonton 5, Hartford 1: (Early Whaler lead on Dineen goal, but Oilers pull away.)
Montreal 4, Tampa Bay 3: (Beliveau with the game-winner in the final minute to break a 3-3 tie.)
Pittsburgh 4, Colorado 1:(Jagr second period goal only score heading into final period, but Pens break it open from there.)
Boston 6, Chicago 1: (three goals in first three minutes of second period from Orr, Neely, Hodge.)
USSR 4, Detroit 0: (Four different goal scorers for Soviets.)


Boston 4, USSR 1: (Rask keeps Soviets out of net until final period; by then Bruins had 3-0 lead on goals from Bucyk, Hodge, Esposito. Cashman with late insurance goal to preserve the win.)


Detroit 4, Chicago 2: (Howe goal in first minute, two more in first period; Wings skate to easy win.)


Colorado 2, St. Louis 1: (Stastnys score both goals.)
Philadelphia 5, New York Islanders 2: (Eric Lindroos, two goals for Philly.)
Philadelphia 4, New York Islanders 4: (NY scores twice in final three minutes, Potvin and Morrow, to earn tie.)
Tampa Bay 5, Chicago 3: (Trailing 3-0 after two, Hawks comes alive but fall short in final period.)

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