With the Stanley Cup playoffs quickly approaching, TSN.ca can't help but look back fondly on a regular season that included some of the best plays in recent years. Jaw-dropping saves, brilliant passing plays and electrifying goals – the 2008/09 season has had it all.
With that in mind, TSN.ca needs you, the NHL fan, to help crown this season's NHL Play of the Year. Over the next little while, TSN.ca will unveil the top 20 plays of the season and have you choose which plays will advance and ultimately be crowned the Play of the Year.
Blake Wheeler's incredible individual effort gave Alex Ovechkin's spin move a run for its money. But in the end, the reigning NHL MVP cruised into the semis and will face the winner of Pool B.
Pool B features a goal built with the finest European engineering, a game of one-upmanship, a coming-out party for a super-rookie, an unlikely hero and a tally that is twice as nice.
Watch the video in the media bar on the right of this page, use the poll to vote for your favourite play and be sure to check out the bracket below for the complete picture.
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Pavel Datsyuk "European Engineering"
October 25, 2008
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
Unquestionably, the Detroit Red Wings are one of the most talented squads in the NHL. A heavy influence of European skill has produced a steady stream of highlight reel goals, including this one that plays out exactly as Coach Babcock drew it up on the chalkboard.
Alex Semin "Anything You Can Do ..."
March 3, 2009
Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
Alex Ovechkin isn't the only Alex on the Washington Capitals that can shine on the highlight reels. While Alex Semin might not share the celebratory skills of his teammate, he more than holds his own when it comes to scoring eye-popping goals.
Bobby Ryan "The Spin Doctor"
January 8, 2009
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
If this season has been a coming out party for Anaheim Ducks forward Bobby Ryan, then this goal is him realizing that sometimes, you can have your cake and eat it too.
Nik Hagman "Down for the Count"
February 3, 2009
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Nik Hagman isn't generally known for scoring beautiful goals. Don't tell that to the Florida Panthers defence corps, though. After the moves Hagman puts on them, they'll be having nightmares of this Finn for years to come.
Chris Campoli "Extra Tasty"
November 3, 2008
Nassau Colisseum, Long Island, New York
When is a goal not a goal? When you play for the New York Islanders. In the end, this goal must have felt extra sweet for Chris Campoli - he got two celebrations for the price of one.