MONTREAL -- Incredible goal or unbelievable save? This is the question you’ll need to ask yourself over the next couple of days.
Just like every year, Habs fans came out in huge numbers to visit canadiens.com and help trim down a list of the 32 most spectacular plays from the 2011-12 season. The goal of course, to decide which of them will be left as the last play standing and be declared the Canaidens Play of the Year.
Two weeks and several thousand votes later, and the list has been narrowed down to two finalists who will battle mano a mano right up until the May 14th deadline when we’ll crown this year’s champion.
Fighting out of the right corner, we have Lars Eller’s ever-memorable spin-o-rama goal – the icing on the cake for what was the best game to date of the young center’s career. Eller demolished the competition in the first round of voting before going up against contender Erik Cole in the second. The “Great Dane” continued his steady climb, nabbing 64.16% of the vote. Showing no signs of slowing down, Eller kept pace, topping Tomas Plekanec turning Johnny Oduya inside out in the third round, to again gather more that 60% of the vote. With Eller coming face to face with Carey Price’s “A for second effort” in the semi-final, we expected that young Lars may have finally met his match. Not the case. Eller’s spin-o-rama dominated with almost 75% of the vote, to pole vault his way into the final round
Fighting out of the left corner, we have three-time defending-champion, Carey Price. It was clear from early on that Price’s show-stopping save on the Penguins’ Steve Sullivan had the potential to go the distance, mopping the floor the other opening round candidates and snapping up 76.19% of the vote. Next up for Price’s “Leap of Faith”, back-to-back battles with Tomas Plekanec, with the goalie winning both duels and edging out the Czech’s 3-on-5 goal in the quarter-final round. In the end, the only person that could give Carey some legitimate competition in the voting was… himself. It was a tight race until the end for “Leap of faith” and “Unexpected!”, but it was ultimately Price’s highlight reel save against Pittsburgh that moved on to face Eller with 54.01% of the vote.
Now, with only two plays left standing, it’s up to you again to crown this year’s Play of the Year champ. Let the voting begin!
Vincent Cauchy is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Justin Fragapane.
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