The 2019-20 NHL season had many incredible moments before it paused 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 staffers 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 Friday, the Anaheim Ducks honoring the first responders who helped St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester during his cardiac incident defeated Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl each scoring five points in the same game.
The matchup Sunday pits Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg's lacrosse-style goal Jan. 14 against the Vancouver Canucks' Quinn Hughes reaching 50 points as a rookie defenseman Feb. 25.
Amalie Benjamin, staff writer
I got a chance to spend some time in Vancouver in early February, writing a story on the young core for the Canucks, which includes Hughes. It was incredible to hear the compliments being thrown his way. Someone who watches him frequently called him a "magician," and it was clear in the few games I got to see in person that Hughes is beyond talented, and that he will be a major factor for the Canucks in the years to come. So I'll take Hughes hitting the 50-point mark as a rookie defenseman, one of two NHL players to do so this season (Cale Makar, Colorado Avalanche). Though Forsberg's goal was fun to watch in the moment, I think Hughes' mark signals the arrival of a star, one who will have a longer-lasting impact for the NHL. I know I can't wait to see what Hughes can do in the future.
Tracey Myers, staff writer
Oh, man, it's always difficult having to go against the feel-good NHL rookie story, but oppose it I must. I love that Hughes is being considered a magician already, but Forsberg has been earning that description for some time now. And his lacrosse-style goal -- on his backhand, even! -- against the Edmonton Oilers is the latest in a growing reel of highlights. Regardless of the degree of difficulty, Forsberg makes these goals look so effortless. He downplays them in postgame interviews too. Sure, Hughes has had a tremendous rookie season and the future is bright for the Canucks defenseman. But for me, the Greatest Moments is about those jaw-dropping, did-that-just-happen moments that you want to replay again and again. Forsberg's dazzling goal typifies that.