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Play of the Year: And the winner is...

Alexander Radulov ends goalies' four-year stranglehold on the title

by canadiens.com @canadiensmtl / canadiens.com

MONTREAL - The fans have spoken: the 2016-17 Play of the Year title goes to Alexander Radulov.

The Russian sniper topped Carey Price in the head-to-head highlight final, putting an end to the four-year reign of goalies in the annual end-of-year bracket. Mike Condon captured the honors last season, while Price won the three previous editions before him.

"Radu" got the win thanks to his beautiful Peter Forsberg-esque goal, which he scored in Game 3 of the opening-round series against the New York Rangers.
 
Video: MTL@NYR, Gm3: Radulov nets nifty one-handed goal

The 30-year-old winger's silky mitts beat Price and his diving save against those same Rangers by a margin of 54% of votes to 46%.
 
Video: MTL@NYR: Price dives for remarkable late save in OT

With 10 out of 16 total nominations between them - six for Price, four for Radulov - the odds of them meeting in the final were pretty high.

The Habs' No. 47 actually met Price three times on his way to the top: he beat him in the first two rounds (Price vs. LAK, Price vs. PIT) before facing himself Double Dragon-style in the semifinal (Radulov vs. OTT), before meeting Price again in the final.

As for the All-World netminder, he faced three different opponents during his road to the Final 2 - Radulov (vs. DAL) in the first round, his puck stopping counterpart, Al Montoya, in the second (vs. FLO), and Phillip Danault (vs. WPG) in the third before bowing out to Radulov in the final.

To see the final bracket and the results of the 15 matchups, click here.

Thanks to everyone who voted!

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