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Franchise Faceoff: Stamkos, Toews match up in final vote

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TSN.ca Staff
8/3/2011 12:01:27 PM
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And then there were two.

That's Hockey's Franchise Faceoff is down to the final matchup with Steven Stamkos squaring off against Jonathan Toews.

Stamkos went through Patrik Berglund, Taylor Hall and Patrick Kane on his road to the final while Toews cruised past Jeff Skinner, Matt Duchene and Drew Doughty to secure his spot.

Drafted first overall by Tampa Bay in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Stamkos made the jump from junior straight to the NHL, scoring 23 goals and 46 points with the Lightning as a rookie.

Stamkos then exploded for 51 goals and 95 points in his second season. His 51 goals matched Sidney Crosby for the most in the NHL in 2009-10 and earned him a share of the Rocket Richard Trophy.

Last season, Stamkos scored 45 goals and 91 points to help the Lightning to 46 regular season wins, matching the most ever in franchise history. He was also a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award for MVP as voted by the players.

Prior to his NHL career, Stamkos also helped Team Canada to a gold medal at the 2008 World Junior Championship.

He will join his fellow finalist, Toews, as a cover boy for EA Sports' popular NHL video games, when the 2012 version comes out in September.

Few players have achieved as much in their entire careers as Toews has accomplished as a 23-year-old. His resume began with a World Junior gold medal for Canada. The Blackhawks made him the third overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, and Toews stepped in seamlessly, earning NHL All-Rookie Team honours.

Toews is also a two-time All-Star (2009, 2011), and in the 2009-10 season, helped lead the Blackhawks to their first Stanley Cup title since 1961. Toews was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the top playoff performer.

His year got even better when he helped Canada capture the gold medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

Last year, he enjoyed his second 30-plus goal campaign with the Hawks, finishing with 32 goals and 76 points, to help Chicago earn a playoff berth.

Cast your vote now on TSN.ca. The results will be revealed on That's Hockey on Monday at 7pm et/4pm pt.

Toews and Stamkos' jerseys (Photo: Gregg Forwerck/National Hockey League)

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(Photo: Gregg Forwerck/National Hockey League)
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