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NHL Play of the Year Showdown: Hertl vs. Shaw

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TSN.ca Staff
4/17/2014 12:04:35 PM
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TSN.ca's NHL Play of the Year showdown continues today with two of the flithiest and unlikeliest of goals from the past season.

The fourth match-up of the Round of 32 sees Thomas Hertl pull a move that did not exactly ingratiate himself towards the League's vets while Andrew Shaw finds a beauty without even having to look.

Hertl – in just his third career game – had a historic night, scoring four goals at just 19 years old. The fourth goal, however, was something to behold.

Streaking in from the left boards, Hertl barrels in on Martin Biron looking to cap an already impressive night. He pulls Biron to his right, bringing the puck back through his legs. Reaching between with his stick, he gets under the shot for a wrister that goes top left corner. The young Czech's effort produces a goal brimming with confidence beyond his teenage years.

Shaw, meanwhile, showed that for all his grit and toughness he's still got a sweet pair of mitts.

Picking up a rebound off a Patrick Sharp slapper from the point, Shaw fights off a defender picks up the garbage while trying to shake coverage from Dallas Stars defender Trevor Daley. Instead of dishing back out to one of his All-Star teammates, Shaw takes matters into his own hands and – with his back to the net and falling to his knees – slides the puck along the ice on the backhand. It's clear from Kari Lehtonen's body language that a shot was the last thing on his mind. Shaw isn't down for long, however, as he pops up to celebrate one of the goals of the year.

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.

Tomas Hertl (Photo: Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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