If this keeps up, Nick Foligno might have to give everyone a hug.
The EA Sports NHL 14 Cover Vote campaign of Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is officially continuing to the final round, as EA announced this afternoon that Bobrovsky and Devils netminder Martin Brodeur will square off for all the marbles.
It was an air-tight finish and Bobrovsky earned a narrow victory over Islanders center John Tavares, who had a strong run in the 2013 cover vote as well. For the first time since John Vanbiesbrouck (who graced the cover of NHL 97), a goaltender will be featured on the cover of EA Sports' signature hockey title.
Bobrovsky's path to the cover vote final began with an opening-round win over Patrick Sharp of the Chicago Blackhawks, then a second-round victory against Taylor Hall of the Edmonton Oilers before facing Tavares - who was fresh off a "real life" first-round playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are slated to face the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Final beginning later this week.
Blue Jackets fans have rallied around Bobrovsky since his arrival to Columbus this season, and after a tremendous debut year (21-11-6, 2.00 GAA and .932 save percentage), he is one of three finalists for the Vezina Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL's top goaltender.
Fans have continued that passion in the cover vote, and there's one round remaining. Voting begins today at 12 p.m. ET at nhl.com/covervote, where voting is unlimited with an NHL.com account. Twitter hashtag votes using #NHL14Bobrovsky are worth double and are only counted on Thursdays.
Blue Jackets fans - this is YOUR chance to step up and put "Bob" on the cover of EA Sports NHL 14!