Round One of TSN.ca's 2013 Play of the Year Showdown wraps up with two dizzying plays by two talented star players. Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins shows off some serious skill, while the talented Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks demonstrates his quick feet. Will one of these two Stanley Cup winners ditch the rest of the competition and take the POY title?
Chara's POY entry encompasses some skills that most people wouldn't associate with the big defenseman - quick feet and smooth hands. As the Bruins work the puck in the Florida Panthers defensive zone, Chara receives a pass at the blue line, and instead of doing what everyone watching thought he was going to do (hello slapshot!), Chara pulls out size-defying move, shedding his coverage and finishing the play off with a sensational backhand. If we learn anything from this POY candidate, let it be that Chara is pretty nimble for a big man.
Kane's nomination for 2013 POY is a fantastic mix of speed, agility and finish, all blending together to create an entertaining goal from an equally entertaining player. Kane comes through the neutral zone, backing up Dallas Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon. As they get to the top of the circle in the Stars' end, Kane pulls out his finest Denis Savard impersonation, catching everyone off-guard. The move backs Dillon off far enough that Kane can let loose a seeing-eye backhander that wraps up this fantastic POY play in style.
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- Chara holds NHL All-Star Competition hardest shot record at 175.5 km/hr, a feat that he accomplished in 2012. Chara also won the hardest shot competition in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011.
- Kane led the Blackhawks in total regular season points in 2007-08, 2009-10 and 2012-13.
- Chara speaks a whopping seven languages, including English, Slovak, German, Czech, Russian, Polish, and Swedish. Chara's father, Zdenek is a successful Greco-Roman wrestler who represented Czechoslovakia in the 1976 Summer Olympic Games.
- Kane scored the game-winning goal during Game 6 of the 2009-10 Stanley Cup finals, which not only gave the Blackhawks their first Stanley Cup in 49 years, but also made Kane the youngest player in NHL history to score a Stanley Cup-winning goal in overtime.