The 2019-2020 NHL season had many incredible moments before stopping on March 12 due to concerns about the coronavirus, and now fans can decide which one was the best.
Fans can vote on Twitter and Instagram every day from noon to 10 a.m.ET the next day. Each day, the winner of this confrontation will be revealed, and a new set of moments will confront each other.
Although fans have the final say, two NHL.com staff members will step in each match to give their opinion on who should move on to the next round.
In the match on Thursday, Pekka Rinne scoring a goalkeeper goal for the Nashville Predators beat the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at the Cotton Bowl.
Friday, the match will be a special award for a young Minnesota Wild fan October 27 against Makar wedge setting a Colorado Avalanche record for most goals scored in a season by a rookie defenseman 5-3 win over the St. Louis Blues January 18.
Adam Kimelman, Deputy Editor
As a person who has been at sporting events for 35 years, I have never caught a foul in a baseball game let alone a puck that has flown through the crowd. If I had, I’m not sure I would have shared it with anyone. Certainly not at the age of 11. This is why what Emily Wiltzius did that night in Minnesota was so impressive, getting two pucks and without a second thought to give younger children around her. It was particularly cool to see how the Wild, led by Jason Zucker, rewarded her for her kindness. As a parent, it also serves as a wonderful teaching moment that if you do good things, people watch and you can be rewarded.
Nick Cotsonika, columnist
It’s not just that Makar set the Avalanche record for most goals in a season by a rookie defenseman. He’s 11 goals in 40 games, less than half a season (former record holder John-Michael Liles needed 79 games in 2003/04). He did so in a 5-3 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champions and leaders at the time in the Western Conference at the time. And it was that he showed the awareness, balance and skill that made him a top contender for the Calder Trophy, awarded to the best rookie in the League. He noted that the defenders were tired, took the opportunity to find open ice and scored on the wrist across a screen.
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