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.
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