Tampa Bay Lightning center Anthony Cirelli had to stave off a furious rally from Carolina Hurricanes forward Warren Foegele in sudden death for a 2-1 win Saturday in the NHL Gaming Challenge.
Cirelli was up 3-0 in the decider over his former junior hockey teammate but was able to rebound after Foegele had tied it at 3-3. The third and final game was 3-on-3, with the first one to five winning.
"It was a tight game," Cirelli said.
"In 3-on-3, anything can happen. It didn't go our way," Foegele said.
Cirelli fended off a 5-minute penalty and even scored a short-handed goal in Game 1 en route to a 4-1 victory. Foegele's only goal came during the major penalty, but that's all he was able to muster. Virtual Tyler Johnson scored twice for Tampa.
"Johnny always scores against us," Foegele said.
Foegele rebounded with a 5-4 win in overtime in Game 2, setting up the decider.
The NHL Player Gaming Challenge is streaming action on Thursdays and Saturdays. All 31 NHL teams have representation, and Seattle Seahawks tight end Luke Willson represented the pending NHL Seattle expansion team.
No standings are being compiled, as the games are designed strictly for entertainment with the NHL season shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In connection with the event, the National Hockey League Foundation and Electronic Arts are donating $100,000 to the CDC Foundation's COVID-19 relief efforts.
--Field Level Media