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NHL Play of the Year Showdown: Fleury vs Gustavsson

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TSN.ca Staff
5/7/2014 12:04:59 PM
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The NHL Play of the Year showdown's second round resumes today with the goalies taking centre stage.

Today's Round of 16 match-up features Pittsburgh Penguins netminder Marc-Andre Fleury taking on the Detroit Red Wings' Jonas Gustavsson.

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.

Fleury edged Mike Smith's "goalie goal" in the first round by just over 1,500 votes.

Gustavsson's sleight of hand steals another sure goal from mid-air.

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.

The Monster took out stiff competition from Sidney Crosby in the opening round, taking nearly two-thirds of the vote.

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.

Jonas Gustavsson  (Photo: Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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