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NHL Play of the Year Showdown: Kane vs. Nyquist

TSN.ca Staff

4/23/2014 3:12:48 PM

TSN.ca's NHL Play of the Year showdown continues today with an exhibition in puck possession and sharp-angle shooting.

The eighth match-up of the Round of 32 sees perennial POY candidate Patrick Kane square off against one of the breakthrough players of the 2013-14 campaign: Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist.

Kane's ability to operate at top speed never ceases to amaze and he torches a very good Colorado Avalanche team with it.

He comes streaking down the right wing and with one quick move of his hands leaves Jan Hejda completely out of position. Kane absolutely freezes Hejda, leaving a sharp but clear path to the net. His backhand comes nearly from the goal line but still rockets top shelf over Semyon Varlamov's shoulder. Known for his modesty, Kane asks the Denver faithful what they think of his goal in the celebration.

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.

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.