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You Decide: Watch and vote

You decide: Better goal vs. Isles ... Mario or Sid?

Thursday, 05.09.2013 / 10:04 PM / You Decide: Watch and vote
Sidney Crosby has had some big shoes to fill ever since he was drafted No. 1 overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2005.  Crosby brought the city of Pittsburgh its third Stanley Cup in 2009 and has done some amazing things on the ice in the process.  But on Thursday night, he pulled off a move that seemed all-too-familiar to both the Islanders and Penguins.

On December 20, 1988 against the New York Islanders, Mario Lemieux broke through defensemen Rich Pilon and Jeff Norton en route to scoring at 14:09 of the third period. Bob Errey and Dan Quinn assisted on the goal in a 5-3 Penguins win.  That memorable goal was immorlatized with "Le Magnifique," a statue honoring the career and achievements of Lemieux, outside Consol Energy Center.

On Thursday night, Sidney Crosby took a pass from Jarome Iginla, picked up speed as he hit the attacking blue line and used some nifty stickhandling to stunningly split the defensive pairing of Lubomir Visnovsky and Thomas Hickey before snapping off a shot that eluded Evgeni Nabokov and found the far corner.

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You Decide: Most impressive goal of 2011-12

Wednesday, 06.27.2012 / 9:00 AM / 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 and other clips from the 2011-2012 season that require your opinion. There's no wrong answer ... we simply want to know what you think.
 
Each year, the best hockey players in the world show off their talent and amaze fans everywhere. While there were many incredible goals this past season, NHL.com will take a look at a pair of goals that have to be seen to be believed.

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You Decide: More impressive playoff hat trick

Wednesday, 06.20.2012 / 9:00 AM / 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 and other clips from the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs that require your opinion. There's no wrong answer ... we simply want to know what you think.
 
Each year, the Stanley Cup Playoffs are defined by the game-breaking performances that lift teams to new heights in pursuit of hockey's greatest prize. While there were many impressive individual showings this postseason on both ends of the ice, NHL.com will take a look a pair of compelling playoff hat tricks.

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You Decide: Best save of the Cup Final

Wednesday, 06.13.2012 / 10:13 AM / 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 and other clips from the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs that require your opinion. There's no wrong answer ... we simply want to know what you think.
 
The 2012 Stanley Cup Final may be over, but the memories will last a lifetime. With Vezina Trophy candidate Jonathan Quick and all-time wins leader Martin Brodeur going toe-to-toe, each goalie's arsenal of saves was on full display as the Kings and Devils battled for Lord Stanley's Cup.

While Quick, 26, ultimately got the best of Brodeur, 40, as Los Angeles captured the Cup for the first time in franchise history, both goaltenders deserve credit for their team's unlikely run to the final round of postseason action. As we continue to reflect on this thrilling series, it's time to determine which goalie had the best save of the Cup Final.

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You Decide: Best hit of the Cup Final

Wednesday, 06.06.2012 / 10:29 AM / 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 and other clips from the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs that require your opinion. There's no wrong answer ... we simply want to know what you think.
 
With the Kings and the Devils crossing paths in the 2012 Stanley Cup Final this spring, it's no surprise that the matchup has been a collision course -- literally -- in pursuit of hockey's greatest prize. It's been a long road to the top of their respective conferences for Los Angeles and New Jersey this postseason, so with everything on the line in the Cup Final, each team has been as determined as ever to disrupt their opponents' rhythm and win puck possession battles on every shift.

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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?

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You Decide: Most acrobatic save of postseason

Wednesday, 05.30.2012 / 10:23 AM / 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.
 
With the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils set to collide in the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, the past few days have given us a chance to reflect on the game-breaking plays that got each team to this point. So as Vezina Trophy finalist Jonathan Quick squares off against all-time wins leader Martin Brodeur, it's time to take a look at each goaltender's most acrobatic save of the postseason and determine which was the more spectacular sequence.

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You Decide: Best Conference Final goal

Wednesday, 05.23.2012 / 12:33 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.
 
With the Los Angeles Kings already punching their ticket to the Stanley Cup Final and the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils deadlocked at two games apiece, the third round of the postseason has had its share of game-breaking moments. Now, it's up to you to choose the best goal of the Conference Finals.

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You Decide: Which West goalie is the best?

Wednesday, 05.09.2012 / 12:23 PM / You Decide: Watch and vote

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Each week NHL.com wants you, the fan, to vote on the best plays, moments and topics of the week. We'll select goals, hits, saves, plus other clips and subjects that require your opinion. There is no wrong answer ... we simply want to know what you think.

So, who is the best goalie still standing in the West? It's sure to be a close vote, so use a couple of recent saves as the basis for your opinion.

1. Mike Smith holds on in OT vs. Predators by snapping out his leg to stop Francis Bouillon
2. Jonathan Quick makes a couple of massive stops in the first minute of Game 1 vs. Blues

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You Decide: Whose first career playoff goal was best?

Wednesday, 05.02.2012 / 1:34 PM / You Decide: Watch and vote

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Each week NHL.com wants you, the fan, to vote on the best plays or moments of the week. We'll select goals, hits, saves and other clips that require a "What's best?" opinion. There is really no wrong answer here, but we want to know what you think.

Which of these first career playoff goals do you think was the best?

1. Chris Kreider's winning-goal in Game 6 vs. the Senators
2. Adam Larsson beating Ilya Bryzgalov up high in his postseason debut

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The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

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