This is it, our field of 32 for the canadiens.com play of year is down to the final two. Who will it be: Carey Price
or Alex Tanguay?
The cream has risen to the top since the tournament got underway on April 30. After four grueling rounds of competition, two have made it to the big stage.
If the semifinal round was any indication, the final should be a real slobberknocker. Tanguay barely even made it out of the semis, with smooth-skating winger’s smooth dangle against the Thrashers only narrowly edging out Lapierre’s fancy footwork. Tanguay’s win was to be expected with him having entered the tourney as the No. 2 seed, while Lapierre was No. 24.
Tanguay did afterall undress both Ron Hainsey and Anssi Salmela of the Thrashers before doing the same to Kari Lehtonen.
On the other side of the draw, Price had an easier time of it. His grand larceny at the expense of Matt Cooke of the Penguins was the landslide winner over Robert Lang. In the end, Carey came away with more than 60% of the votes in a showdown that was a mismatch on paper, with Price being the No. 4 seed and the underdog Lang sitting as the bottom seed at No. 32.
The biggest upset of this year’s draw has to be Alex Kovalev who entered the tourney with no less than seven plays. All those entries aside, Kovy’s last remaining play was bumped out in the quarterfinals by Lapierre.
It’s now all up to you. Who will be the winner of the 2009 canadiens.com Play of Year? Will it be Price or Tanguay? Vote as often as you want! Polls on Tuesday, May 19.