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The 2019-20 NHL season had many incredible moments before it paused March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus, and now fans can decide which one was the best.
The Greatest Moments of the NHL season … So Far have been placed into a bracket of 64 entries, and fans will vote on one matchup per day, ultimately deciding the greatest moment up until this point.
Fans can vote on Twitter and Instagram each day from noon until 10 a.m. ET the next day. Each day, the winner of that matchup will be revealed, and a new set of moments will go head-to-head.
Though fans will have the ultimate say, two NHL.com staffers will weigh in on the matchup each day to give his or her opinion on which one should advance to the next round.
In the matchup Monday, Blake Coleman’s one-handed goal for the New Jersey Devils defeated Roberto Luongo having his number retired by the Florida Panthers.
The matchup Tuesday pits Detroit Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha scoring all four goals for Detroit in a win Oct. 6 against the New York Rangers rallying from down four goals to defeat the Montreal Canadiens 6-5 on Nov. 23 in the fifth game in the NHL this season when a team won after trailing by four.
Tracey Myers, staff writer
You have to have a soft spot (or at least I do) for a guy who’s dealt with a setback or two but kept working his tail off to try to reach his potential. So good for Mantha for having his breakout game, scoring all four goals in Detroit’s 4-3 win against the Dallas Stars. Mantha was selected No. 20 by the Red Wings in the 2013 NHL Draft. Expected to make their NHL roster to start the 2014-15 season, his hopes were derailed when he broke his leg in the final game of the Traverse City Prospect Tournament on Sept. 18, 2014. So good for him for continuing to work and for showing what he could really do for the Red Wings in their second game of the season.
Amalie Benjamin, staff writer
Sure, that kind of individual accomplishment is fun, but what’s more fun is a comeback win, especially one when the team trailed 4-0. It took only 3:20 for three Rangers (Filip Chytil, Pavel Buchnevich and Brendan Lemieux) to score to bring New York within one goal of Montreal in the second period. Though the Canadiens got one back, the Rangers finished them off with three more in the third, including a game-tying shorthanded goal by Lemieux. It was unexpected. It was exciting. It was just one in a series of multigoal comebacks this season in the NHL, a few of which I’ve gotten to see in person. And it just proves that in the NHL, no team is ever out of a game.
Tweet from @NHL: Blake Coleman’s (@BColes25) one-handed goal is yesterday’s winner!Who will be moving on tomorrow between Anthony Mantha’s (@antomantha8) four-goal game or the @NYRangers completing a miraculous four-goal comeback?VOTE! ������������������