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Malkin in Final Round of 8 For NHL 13 Cover

by Michelle Crechiolo / Pittsburgh Penguins

Thanks to the amazing support of Pens nation, center Evgeni Malkin is still going strong in the EA SPORTS NHL 13 Cover Vote Campaign hosted by

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For the first time ever, fans are in control of who will be the next cover athlete for the world’s No. 1 hockey video game franchise. Malkin is currently one of eight finalists and will go head-to-head with Philadelphia forward Scott Hartnell in a round of voting held from May 11-17. The winner of the cover vote campaign will be unveiled as the EA SPORTS NHL 13 Cover Athlete at the 2012 NHL Awards on June 20 at the Wynn Las Vegas (click here to vote).

Fans worldwide are able to vote an unlimited number of times and are encouraged to vote as often as possible to ensure their favorite player advances through the rounds. Here’s the breakdown of how Malkin got to this point and how the campaign unfolds from here.

The campaign, which officially kicked off on March 29, began with a field of 60 NHL players, two from each of the 30 clubs. Each team’s pair of representatives – Malkin and Marc-Andre Fleury for Pittsburgh – went head-to-head.

Over 10 million votes were cast in the opening round, where Malkin triumphed over teammate Fleury, advancing him to the Round of 32 that consisted of one player from each NHL team and a ‘wild card’ from each Conference (Philadelphia’s Scott Hartnell and St. Louis’ David Perron).

The top 16 vote-getters in that 32-player leaderboard format then advanced to the next round, which shifted to a bracket format. The 16 players were divided in half and seeded 1 to 8. Malkin received a No. 3 seed, pitting him against No. 6 Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning – the EA SPORTS NHL 12 cover athlete.

Thanks to the voting efforts of Pens fans everywhere, Malkin defeated Stamkos and has advanced to the next round of bracket voting, which begins Friday, May 11 and runs through Thursday, May 17. In this round, ‘Geno’ will go one-on-one with No. 2 Hartnell.

If Malkin receives enough votes to top Hartnell, he’ll move on to the semifinals, which will take place May 24-28.

You guys have been there for Geno every step of the way so far, and he needs your continued support! Please vote as often as you possibly can once voting gets underway and show your support on Twitter using #Vote71 – so we can get Geno to the next round.

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