This week’s semifinal vote features Del Zotto as a wild card entry after earning victories over three highlights in that round and a head-to-head vote over Wayne Simmonds’ shootout move against the Senators in the quarterfinals.
Claude Giroux made it to the semifinals by defeating himself. In a match up vs. Colorado on Dec. 31, and a toe drag and score highlight against the Maple Leafs on Dec. 21, it was Giroux weaving through the Avalanche on the power-play that came out on top.
HIGHLIGHT #1: In Colorado, on New Year’s Eve, defenseman Mark Streit kicks off a rush on the power-play from the Flyers zone and leaves a drop pass just beyond the blue line for Giroux and the captain takes it from there.
Giroux weaves his way into the Avalanche end skating past both penalty-killing forwards, d-men Jan Hejda and Erik Johnson before going in all alone and beating goalie Semyon Varlamov low blocker to give the Flyers a 3-2 lead midway though the third period.
HIGHLIGHT #2: Sean Couturier kicks off Del Zotto’s highlight when he crosses into the Rangers zone on a penalty kill. Holding onto the puck, he sends a no-look pass to a pinching Del Zotto, who chips one in up high and over Cam Talbot’s glove, just inside the far post to snap a 2-2 tie.
The goal would stand and Del Zotto would record nearly 25 minutes (24:45) of ice time, as well as fire seven shots on net, while blocking four shot attempts to help the Flyers snap a four-game losing streak against the Rangers.
Fans can vote as many times as they want, but watch each highlight below before casting your vote…