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Best of the Bolts - Vote for the best Lightning play of 2015-16 season

by Bryan Burns / Tampa Bay Lightning

We’re getting down to the best of the best in our fan vote for the top play of the 2015-16 season for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Another leading contender for the crown – and my personal favorite – took an unexpected tumble when Andrei Vasilevskiy’s robbery of Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby in the Eastern Conference Final was upended by a beautifully-sequenced early season overtime goal in the Sweet 16 round.

Now, just eight plays are left: five from the regular season and three more from the Bolts’ playoff run to the Eastern Conference Final. None, surprisingly, remain from the dramatic, seven-game ECF series with the Penguins.

In the Elite Eight round, we’ll unveil a new matchup every three to four days, giving fans plenty of time to cast their vote for their favorite remaining play. The plays receiving the most votes from each matchup will move on to the semifinal round.

By the end of the month, you, the fans, will crown the best highlight from the 2015-16 season.

Continue to check tampabaylightning.com throughout August as we unveil each new matchup, and be sure to vote daily for your favorite play.

Hope you’ve had as much fun reliving these great moments as we had compiling them.

QUARTERFINAL MATCHUPS

Tampa Bay Bracket - Aug. 19 - 22 - Click here to vote

GARRISON MAKES HISTORY ON OPENING NIGHT vs. EXTRA ATTACKER SINKS ISLANDERS

Lightning Bracket - Aug. 22 - 24

VLADDY WITH THE HATTY vs. STOPPING AN AVALANCHE

Blue Bracket - Aug. 24 - 26

KUCHEROV GOES BEAST MODE vs. KILLORN FINISHES OFF THE RED WINGS

ROUND OF 16 MATCHUPS

Tampa Bay Bracket - August 10-12 - Click here to see results

GARRISON MAKES HISTORY ON OPENING NIGHT (58 percent) defeats BUTT GOAL

EXTRA ATTACKER SINKS ISLANDERS (65 percent) defeats BATTER UP

Lightning Bracket - Aug. 12 - 15 - Click here to see results

VLADDY WITH THE HATTY (53 percent) defeats THE STRALMAN SPIN

STOPPING AN AVALANCHE (56 percent) defeats THE CAPTAIN HITS 300

Blue Bracket - Aug. 15 - 17 - Click here to see results

KUCHEROV GOES BEAST MODE (53 percent) defeats BOYLE DELIVERS THE KNOCKOUT BLOW

KILLORN FINISHES OFF THE RED WINGS (51 percent) defeats HEDMAN FILLS IN AT GOALIE

White Bracket - Aug. 17 - 19 - Click here to see results

BISH PLEASE (71 percent) defeats PUTTING UP PALAT OF POINTS

TIC TAC GOAL (57 percent) defeats VASY ROBS CROSBY

ROUND OF 32 MATCHUPS

Tampa Bay Bracket - Aug. 1 - 3- Click here to see results

BUTT GOAL (70 percent) defeats CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

GARRISON MAKES HISTORY ON OPENING NIGHT (82 percent) defeats ANDREI THE GIANT

BATTER UP (51 percent) defeats DROUIN IT, DROUIN IT AND DROUIN IT WELL

EXTRA ATTACKER SINKS ISLANDERS (62 percent) defeats SHORTHANDED SUCCESS

Lightning Bracket - Aug 3 - 5 - Click here to see results

VLADDY WITH THE HATTY (54 percent) defeats GOAL GARRISON

THE STRALMAN SPIN (92 percent) defeats GUD SAVE

STOPPING AN AVALANCHE (61 percent) defeats BULLET WITH EYES

THE CAPTAIN HITS 300 (69 percent) defeats BISHOP’S BRILLIANCE

Blue Bracket  - Aug 5 - 8 - Click here to see results

BOYLE DELIVERS THE KNOCKOUT BLOW (77 percent) defeats SLIP AND FALL

KUCHEROV GOES BEAST MODE (85 percent) defeats BISHOP GETS IN THE WAY

HEDMAN FILLS IN AT GOALIE (79 percent) defeats BOILING POINT

KILLORN FINISHES OFF THE RED WINGS (78 percent) defeats FIL-ING THE NET

White Bracket - Aug 8 - 10 - Click here to see results

BISH PLEASE (56 percent) defeats PASSING THE PUCK

PUTTING UP PALAT OF POINTS (66 percent) defeats SCOOP SAVE AND A BEAUT

TIC TAC GOAL (71 percent) defeats JOHNNY ON THE SPOT

VASY ROBS CROSBY (75 percent) vs. BISHOP MAKES HISTORY

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