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NHL Play of the Year Showdown: Hertl vs Nyquist

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TSN.ca Staff
5/9/2014 12:03:59 PM
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The NHL Play of the Year showdown's second round resumes today with two young guns already displaying elite-level skill.

Today's Round of 16 match-up features San Jose Sharks' forward Tomas Hertl and the Detroit Red Wings' Gustav Nyquist.

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.

Hertl destroyed the Blackhawks' Andrew Shaw in their opening-round tilt, taking three-quarters of the vote.

Nyquist, meanwhile, shakes off a near-mugging to pot a beauty.

The young Swede breaks in one-on-one against Matt Carle and the Lightning defender appears initially to do enough to prevent a goal, drawing a penalty in the process. However, Nyquist shakes Carle's grip and pounces on the puck he just lost. From behind the goal line, he still has the presence of mind to corral the puck and toss it under a recovering Ben Bishop.

Nyquist also decisively took his first-round match-up, earning 70 per cent of the vote in his showdown with another Blackhawk, Patrick Kane.

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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