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Greatest Moments of NHL Season … So Far: first round, matchup 7

Sedins' number retirement takes on Golden Knights' 100th win

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Greatest Moments: Matchup 7

VGK 2nd-fastest to 100 Ws vs. Sedins' jersey retireme

Vote between Vegas becoming second-fastest team to 100 wins and the Sedin twins' jersey retirement in the Greatest NHL Moments..So Far

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The 2019-20 NHL season had many incredible moments before it paused on March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus, and now fans can decide which one was the best.

The Greatest Moments of the NHL season … So Far have been placed into a bracket of 64 entries, and fans will vote on one matchup per day, ultimately deciding the greatest moment up until this point.

Fans can vote on Twitter and Instagram each day from noon until 10 a.m. ET the next day. Each day, the winner of that matchup will be revealed, and a new set of moments will go head-to-head.

Though fans will have the ultimate say, two NHL.com staff members will weigh in on the matchup each day to give his or her opinion on which one should advance to the next round.

In the matchup on Saturday, Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson welcoming a special guest for Hockey Fights Cancer night defeated Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid's spectacular goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs.  

The matchup Sunday pits the Vegas Golden Knights becoming the second-fastest team in NHL history to reach 100 wins on Oct. 19 against the Vancouver Canucks retiring the numbers of Henrik Sedin (No. 33) and Daniel Sedin (No. 22) on Feb. 12.

 

John Kreiser, managing editor

I'll take the Golden Knights becoming the second-fastest team in NHL history to win 100 games (173 games) behind the first iteration of the Ottawa Senators, who reached 100 victories in their 165th game, in 1924-25. Vegas, which is in its third season, reached the milestone with a 3-0 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena, enhancing its stature as the most successful expansion team in NHL history. Marc-Andre Fleury, who won the Stanley Cup three times with Pittsburgh, made 29 saves against his former team for his 57th NHL shutout; the victory was also the 445th of his NHL career, tying him with Terry Sawchuk for seventh in League history. Fleury made Paul Stastny's second-period goal stand up until William Karlsson and Mark Stone each scored into an empty net in the final two minutes. The game was a microcosm of what has made the Golden Knights so successful since entering the NHL in 2017: solid goaltending, excellent defense and opportunistic offense (plus the ability to win in one of the NHL's toughest stops for visiting teams). 

Video: Fleury, Golden Knights shut out Penguins, 3-0

 

William Douglas, staff writer

As the father of twins, choosing the Sedins having their numbers retired together by the Canucks was a natural. It was a magical moment that capped the magical careers for two players who always seemed to operate as one. It's rare for brothers to be drafted by the same team, let alone in the same round -- Daniel was selected with the No. 2 pick and Henrik the No. 3 pick in the 1999 NHL Draft -- and play their entire careers together in one city. A sellout crowd at Rogers Arena looked to the center ice scoreboard as a video tribute chronicled the identical twins' growth from wide-eyed rookies to veteran stars while the Jim Burns Band performed "Forever Young" live. They cheered appreciatively as Henrik's and Daniel's jerseys were raised simultaneously to the rafters to honor the men Vancouver play-by-play announcer John Shorthouse called "the two greatest Canucks of all time." Henrik is Vancouver's all-time leading scorer with 1,070 points (240 goals, 830 assists) in 1,330 games. Daniel is second with 1,041 points (393 goals, 648 assists) in 1,306 games.

Video: CHI@VAN: Canucks raise Nos. 22, 33 to the rafters

Tweet from @NHL: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (@OEL23) honoring a young fan on HFC night advances! ������Which will you take today, the @GoldenKnights becoming the 2nd-fastest franchise to 100 wins or the Sedin twins' jersey retirement? 🤔VOTE ������

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