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 day to comment on who should move on to the next round.
The St. Louis Blues raised their Stanley Cup banner on Monday to defeat the Jets Nikolaj Ehlers exchange a slice for candy.
Tuesday’s game pits Chicago Blackhawks against rookie Dominik Kubalik scoring his 30th goal of the season March 11 against the Vegas Golden Knights goalkeeper Marc-Andre Fleury steal Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nic Petan almost certain goal on November 19.
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Fleury making another stop in the highlights is impressive, but given the rookie’s expectations in the preseason Jack hughes of the New Jersey Devils and Kaapo Kakko of the New York Rangers, who were selected # 1 and # 2 in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, I have to choose Kubalik to reach 30 goals. Kubalik leads the NHL rookies with 30 goals and the rookies with 46 points. He is second on the Blackhawks in goals behind the right wing Patrick Kane (33) and third in points after Kane (84) and before Jonathan Toews (60). Kubalik’s 30 goals are tied with Artemi Panarin (2015-16) for the fourth record in a season by an NHL rookie since 2015-16, behind Auston Matthews Toronto Maple Leafs (40, 2016-17), Patrik wool Winnipeg Jets (36, 2016-17) and Kyle connor des Jets (31, 2017-18), and averaging 1.69 goals per 60 minutes is the first of all rookies to play at least 30 games in that period. This number means that he would have scored even more with additional ice time; his 14:22 per game average is seventh among Blackhawks’ forwards. Kubalik’s 30th goal was a scorching stopwatch scored in a 6-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks, and since it has so far exceeded expectations, I will take the lead recruiter on a impressive stop.
Video: SJS @ CHI: Kubalik moves to the top of Dach’s smooth food list
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Sure, Kubalik is a great story, but I think defining a great moment should indeed be a moment, and Fleury’s remarkable stop here is certainly admissible. The Golden Knights goalkeeper had an incredible strike, robbing Petan of a safe goal with an open net to score in a possible 4-2 win at Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena. Petan got the puck after Toronto striker’s first shot Ilya Mikheyev carom of the crossbar. The only way for Fleury to stop him was to dive in and hope, and his glove was in the right place at the right time. For me, the best part of the sequence is that Fleury displays a smile afterwards. “It was fun, a bit of luck,” he said. “I just enjoyed it, I had a little laugh, a little smile. I was glad it didn’t come in. You have to be lucky to be good, but you also have to be good to be lucky, which is obvious in Fleury’s case.
Video: TOR @ VGK: Fleury saves an incredible amount of gloves on Petan