The 2019-20 NHL season had many incredible moments before it was paused on March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus, and now fans can decide which one was the best.
TheGreatest Moments of the NHL season … So Faris down to 32 entries from the original bracket of 64 with the first round now complete. 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 third round.
In the matchup on Tuesday,Blake Coleman‘s one-handed goal for the New Jersey Devils defeatedAnthony Mantha‘s four-goal game for the Detroit Red Wings.
The matchup Wednesday has the Tampa Bay Lightning honoring Congressional Medal of Honor winners prior to their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Oct. 23 taking on Washington Capitals forwardAlex Ovechkinpassing Mario Lemieux on the all-time NHL goals list on Jan. 18.
Adam Kimelman, deputy managing editor
This bracket is about moments, and I can’t imagine something much cooler than seeing 46 recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor standing together at Amalie Arena. We talk about the bravery of NHL players battling through injury, but these folks, including 96-year-old Marine Cpl. Hershel “Woody” Williams, were honored for a whole different level of bravery. Williams, who was recognized by President Harry Truman in 1945 for his bravery at the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II, was selected to drop the ceremonial first puck. It was clear that Penguins captainSidney Crosbyand Lightning captainSteven Stamkoswere in awe. “To be around people as courageous and brave as the people here tonight and have them all together in one place is pretty unique,” Crosby said. “I think we all are pretty honored to be part of it and I tried to thank as many as I could.”
Brian Compton, deputy managing editor
Ovechkin has never ceased to amaze. He is a treat to watch every time he touches the ice, and the 34-year-old passed one legend and tied another on the NHL goals list when he scored his 26th NHL hat trick in a 6-4 win against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum on Jan. 18. Ovechkin passed former Pittsburgh Penguins center Mario Lemieux with his second of the game, and 691st of his career, and tied former Detroit Red Wings center Steve Yzerman (692) with his third goal. Ovechkin has impressed his teammates over the course of his 15-season NHL career, and that Saturday afternoon was no different. “It’s amazing. It’s something special,” Capitals forwardJakub Vranasaid. “It’s obviously really nice to see him getting these records. … He’s got a special shot. The best shot I’ve ever seen. I’m really happy for him.”
Tweet from @NHL: Blake Coleman’s (@BColes25) one-handed goal advances! Next up: the @TBLightning celebrate Medal of Honor recipients or Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8) passing Mario Lemieux on the all-time goals list? 🤔VOTE