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Finland, Sweden advance to IIHF Fan Championship final; Flyers even virtual Cup Final @NHLdotcom

With the NHL pausing the 2019-20 regular season due to the concerns surrounding the coronavirus, will be tracking gaming activity from around the hockey world. From teams to media personalities to players, this daily digest has you covered with highlights from the sports gaming community.


Finland, Sweden advance to IIHF Fan Championship final

Finland and Sweden advanced to the final of the 2020 IIHF esports Fan Championship, a virtual NHL 20 tournament, on Friday.

Finland defeated Russia 33-7 in the first semifinal before Sweden defeated Canada 17-16 in the second matchup.

The championship will be Sunday at noon ET and will have an English-speaking commentator on the IIHF Twitch.

Tweet from @IIHFHockey: It's official: @Trekronorse and @leijonat will meet in the #IIHFEsports Fan Championship finals. Watch the action LIVE Sunday, 7 June at 20.45 CEST/2.45pm ET at more


Virtual Flyers defeat Predators in Game 2 of NHL 20 Stanley Cup Final

The virtual Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Nashville Predators 3-1 in Game 2 of the NHL 20 Stanley Cup Final on Tuesday.

The Flyers evened the best-of-7 series after the Predators won Game 1 6-3 earlier in the week.

The simulation was streamed live on @PredsNHL Twitter, Twitch, Facebook and YouTube with Predators play-by-play announcer Willy Daunic and analyst Chris Mason calling the game.

Game 3 will take place this weekend and can be seen on the above platforms.

The Predators defeated the Vegas Golden Knights, Vancouver Canucks and St. Louis Blues to reach the virtual Cup Final. The Flyers eliminated the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs.

Game 1: Predators 6, Flyers 3

Game 2: Flyers 3, Predators 1

Tweet from @PredsNHL: Boo. Philly take this one. #Preds | #NHL20 | @bullyhillwine


Cirelli advances in Player Gaming Challenge

Tampa Bay Lightning center Anthony Cirelli defeated Carolina Hurricanes forward Warren Foegele in the NHL Player Gaming Challenge presented by Honda on Saturday.

Through the Player Gaming Challenge, the National Hockey League Foundation and Electronic Arts will donate a combined $100,000 in support of the CDC Foundation's COVID-19 relief efforts.


Player Gaming Challenge results so far

-Match 1: Brady Tkachuk (OTT) defeats Matthew Tkachuk, Noah Hanifin (CGY)

-Match 2: Jamie Oleksiak, Stephen Johns (DAL) defeat Bryan Rust, Zach Aston-Reese (PIT)

-Match 3: Filip Forsberg (NSH) defeats J.T. Compher (COL)

-Match 4: Jake DeBrusk, Charlie McAvoy (BOS) defeat Clayton Keller, Conor Garland (ARI)

-Match 5: Jonathan Huberdeau (FLA) defeats Evgeny Kuznetsov (WSH)

-Match 6: Cam Fowler (ANA) defeats Evander Kane (SJS)

-Match 7: Drake Caggiula, Alex DeBrincat (CHI) defeat Michael Amadio, Blake Lizotte (LAK)

-Match 8: Madison Bowey (DET) defeats Devan Dubnyk (MIN)

-Match 9: Caleb Jones, Darnell Nurse (EDM) defeat Luke Willson (Seattle Seahawks, NFL)

-Match 10James van Riemsdyk (PHI) defeats Zach Hyman (TOR)

-Match 11Ryan Reaves, Alex Tuch (VGK) defeat Thatcher Demko, Adam Gaudette (VAN)

-Match 12Colton Parayko, Robert Thomas (STL) defeat Victor Mete, Nick Suzuki (MTL)

-Match 13: Brandon Montour (BUF) defeats Mackenzie Blackwood (NJD)

-Match 14: Anthony Cirelli (TBL) defeats Warren Foegele (CAR)


Canucks to host second annual NHL 20 tournament

The Vancouver Canucks will host the 2020 TD Canucks Chel Challenge, their second annual NHL 20 tournament, on weekends beginning June 13. The finals will take place on July 4 and be streamed on Canucks Twitch.

Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko and forward Jake Virtanen will be participating in the tournament.

Gamers in British Columbia who are at least 13 years old can enter for a chance to win cash prizes and a grand prize that includes a signed Canucks jersey and match to play NHL 20 with a current Vancouver player.

Tweet from @Canucks: There's $5K up for grabs in the TD #Canucks Chel Challenge presented by Sportsnet, which is open to XBOX and PS4 players this year. How well do you CHEL? 🏒 🎮 🤑


Lemieux to host NHL '94 event for charity

The Mario Lemieux Foundation, which is dedicated to cancer research and patient care, will host an online NHL '94 tournament across two weekends in June. The first round of the tournament is set to begin June 6, and the final round will be played June 13.

A $19.94 donation to the foundation will serve as an entry fee. Read more here.

Tweet from @MarioLemieuxFdn: If you enjoy watching tonight���s #PensClassic on @ATTSportsNetPIT, you may enjoy playing a classic too. Register for @nhl94dotcom���s online NHL94 tourney June 6 & 13 to support the Lemieux Foundation! Winner gets bragging rights & victory plaque signed by 66

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