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P.K. or Carey?

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL -- There can be only one. After some tight battles over the last couple of weeks, the Habs’ two most spectacular plays, as voted by you, clawed their way to the top to compete for the 2011 Play of the Year.

While they may be the last plays standing, the road to the top certainly wasn’t an easy one. Here’s a little recap of what unfolded en route to “All You Need is Glove,” and “Sub-bang!” butting heads for the title.

The undisputed fan-favourite of this past season, Carey Price came into the Play of the Year competition already with an edge over the rest of his team. Going for the three-peat after snagging the crown the past two years running, the 23-year-old goaltender kicked off the judging with a whopping nine highlights in the first-round bracket. In the second round, “All You Need is Glove,” managed to beat out another highlight featuring netminder’s handiwork, grabbing 90,5% of the vote.

In his first full year as a member of the Canadiens, defenseman P.K. Subban put his stamp on the season with style, accounting for seven of the first round’s 32 plays. Out of those plays, it was two of his biggest hits that drew the majority of fans’ attention – particularly Subban’s bone-crunching check on the Bruins’ Brad Marchand. Making it past the first round after beating out one of Price’s more “routine” saves, the young defenseman went up against himself in the second round of competition. In the end, even Subban’s hat-trick goal crumbled in the face of the devastating check, gathering only 36,8% of the vote.

Come the quarterfinal round, eight plays were still in the mix – four of them belonging to P.K. and the other four to Price. “All You Need is Glove,” stood tall, moving on with 72,5% of the vote and then 66% to get the nod into the finals, beating out Subban on both occasions to do it.

On the other side of things, with a slightly less lopsided road to the finals, “Sub-bang!” went up against other P.K. highlights both times, nabbing 63,2% of the quarterfinal votes and 55% in the semis, paving the road for him to face Price for the title.

Now all that’s left is for you to decide whether it’s Subban or Price that gets to claim the bragging right’s as this year’s Play of the Year champion. Vote now! Vote often! You have until Monday to help tip the scales.

Vincent Cauchy is a writer for Translated by Justin Fragapane.

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