The Boston Bruins were crowned champions in the Awkward or Awesome Cup, hosted by EA Sports, last week.
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Professional players from four different NHL teams faced off in a series of challenges including 3-on-3 co-op in NHL 23. The Bruins were represented by Charlie McAvoy, Jake DeBrusk and Matt Grzelcyk. The Pittsburgh Penguins relied on Quebecer Pierre-Olivier Joseph, goaltender Casey DeSmith and Marcus Pettersson. For their part, the Washington Capitals were represented by Evgeny Kuznetsov, Connor McMichael and Martin Fehervary. In San Jose, only two players were able to participate in the mini tournament, Matt Nieto and Kevin Labanc.
Each team had the mission to succeed as many challenges as possible and thus collect points. The team with the most points at the end of the competition was crowned champion.
To start, players played 3 vs 3 on console in co-op mode. All were surprised by the level of AI play, which was set to All Star, as evidenced by this video.
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Players then had to participate in two type challenges throwback. First, they had to put on a retro jersey from their respective team. The Bruins’ one was particularly small for McAvoy, but all of them got through and got their 1,000 points. The next challenge wanted players to explain the context around a photo from their childhood. McMichael, who plays today for the Washington Capitals, recounts in particular the time he dressed up as Alex Ovechkin on Halloween since it was his favorite player. Life sometimes does things well since he now plays with the legendary number 8, in Washington.
Players then returned to their controllers, but this time with a lower difficulty level. All of them had much more fun and managed to score several goals.
The competition turned out to be tight between the Capitals players and those of the Penguins, but it was the representatives of the Bruins who managed to come out on top by winning the top honors with a lead of 36,000 points over their closest pursuers.
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