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NHL Play of the Year Showdown: Crosby vs. Gustavsson

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TSN.ca Staff
4/21/2014 12:14:14 PM
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TSN.ca's NHL Play of the Year showdown continues today with a man who's spent most of his career on highlight reels and a goalie actually "reaching back" for a save.

The sixth match-up of the Round of 32 sees Sidney Crosby take on Detroit Red Wings netminder Jonas Gustavsson.

Crosby fights off a pair of New York Islanders defenders with an incredible individual effort.

It says something about the first decade or so of one's career when the fans start to expect plays like this out of Crosby, but he does make it look a bit on the effortless side. Sid corrals a turnover just outside the Islanders blue line and barges in on the defence pair alone. From there he just keeps the stick moving. It looks like he makes about six or seven dekes, but half of them are Sid just keeping his stick active to get clear and away fromt eh big tandem of Travis Hamonic and Calvin de Haan. His last touch is an effortless little flick that Anders Nilsson can't handle.

Gustavsson doesn't make nearly as many moves, but his sleight of hand might be even more impressive.

How Adam Henrique's shot nearly goes in is a discussion for another day, but he smartly puts it on net and hopes for the best. His shot from behind the red line looks destined to carom off Gustavsson's back and into the net. The Monster, however, has other ideas. He reaches back with his glove and cleanly swats it back out to the front of the net. An assist goes to Cory Emmerton for rifling the loose puck away from harm.

You can watch the highlights and make your decision here (http://poy.tsn.ca). 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.

Sidney Crosby (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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