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Stanley Cup Final

You Decide: Better End-to-End goal

Sunday, 06.03.2012 / 12:00 PM / You Decide: Watch and vote

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NHL.com wants you -- the fan -- to vote on the most compelling play, moment or topic of the week. We'll select goals, hits, saves, plus other clips and subjects from the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs that require your opinion. There's no wrong answer ... we simply want to know what you think.
 
In 1995, the New Jersey Devils were facing the Detroit Red Wings in their first Stanley Cup Final. In Game 2 from Joe Louis Arena, a young defenseman named Scott Niedermayer served notice that he had arrived on the scene of elite blueliners with an end-to-end goal that helped the Devils to a 2-0 series lead en route to their first-ever Stanley Cup championship.

Saturday another young, puck-moving defenseman who seems destined for a great career did his best impression, as Los Angeles' Drew Doughty scored his own end-to-end goal in Game 2 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final in a victory for the Kings. After taking the first two games of the series in New Jersey, the Kings now head home just two wins away from a first Cup title of their own.

The striking similarities between the two goals and the situations surrounding them begs the question: Which was the better goal?
     
1. Drew Doughty goes coast-to-coast, weaving his way through the Devils' defense before ripping a goal past Martin Brodeur in Game 2 Saturday.

2. Scott Niedermayer goes red line to red line before putting in his own rebound to lead the Devils to a big win in Game 2 in 1995.
 
Vote now, and feel free to comment on the plays as well. 

I didn't think it would actually work, but it ended up working, so I'm thanking my lucky stars tonight.

— Columbus forward Nick Foligno on scoring the overtime goal after telling the Blue Jackets in the locker room that he would win the game