More than 23 million votes have been cast -- far surpassing the 19.7 million that voted on the Madden NFL 13 video game -- including nearly 4 million in the five-day voting period for the semifinals. In the tightest voting yet, Giroux narrowly edged the Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin, while Rinne finished just ahead of the New York Islanders' John Tavares.
Voting for the championship round runs until 11:59 p.m. ET on June 4. The cover athlete will be unveiled June 20 at the 2012 NHL Awards.
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I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.
— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round