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NHL Play of the Year Showdown: Fleury vs. Smith

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TSN.ca Staff
4/15/2014 12:08:36 PM
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TSN.ca's NHL Play of the Year showdown continues today with a battle between two goaltenders making the highlight reel in completely opposite ways.

The second match-up of the Round of 32 is a battle between two of the top Canadian netminders in the NHL: Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins and The Phoenix Coyotes' Mike Smith.

Fleury flashed some serious leather and plucked what former Norris Trophy-winner Erik Karlsson thought was a sure goal right out of the air.

After a slick drop pass to Clarke MacArthur draws defenders towards the shot, Karlsson beelines it to open ice and waits for the cross-ice pass to wire on-net. Karlsson lets a wrister fly from just below the hash marks that seems destined to send Fleury's water bottle flying. Sprawling across the crease, though, Fleury throws his glove out and snags the shot. Karlsson can only look to the skies in disbelief.

Smith, on the other hand, decides to put his stick to use.

With five seconds left in a 3-2 game, Smith gloves a Mikael Samuelsson shot from just inside the blue line. Looking to kill the remaining seconds, Smith decides to just give it a shot. Using as much leverage as he can, Smith gets under it and "Hextall"s a high wrister the full 200 feet. Watch Smith after he lets the shot fly. He watches it closely the full length of the ice and gets mobbed by his teammates, becoming just the fifth NHL goaltender to actually score on his opponents in the regular season.

You can watch the highlights and make your decision here. Every vote counts, so watch all the plays and take part in the TSN.ca Play of the Year Showdown. Let us know who you voted for via Twitter by using the hashtag #tsnklondikepoy.

Marc-Andre Fleury (Photo: G Fiume/Getty Images)

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(Photo: G Fiume/Getty Images)
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