The 2019-20 NHL season had many incredible moments before it was 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 is down to four entries from the original bracket of 64 with four rounds now complete. 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.
The matchup Monday, the first semifinal, pits Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne‘s goal against Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury‘s sprawling save.
Though fans will have the ultimate say, NHL.com staffers have cast their vote for which moment should advance to the final four, with Rinne winning 17-2.
Here is what some of the voters had to say about their pick:
“Both goalies absolutely stole the show in these particular moments, but Rinne’s goal was just so rare and instantly was trending across the entire sports world.” — Pete Jensen, senior fantasy editor
“Rinne did something we hadn’t seen a goalie do since Mike Smith scored for the Phoenix Coyotes on Oct. 19, 2013. Many goalies dream of scoring a goal. It’s always fun when you see one live out that dream.” — Tom Gulitti, staff writer
“This is simple: As great as Fleury’s save was, a goalie goal is a rare, holy-cow-he-did-it thing.” — Nicholas J. Cotsonika, columnist
“Great saves aren’t a dime a dozen, but they are compared to legitimate goalie goals.” — Tim Campbell, staff writer
“Goalie goals are like Halley’s Comet — rare and spectacular — so Rinne gets the slight nod from me. Fleury will have to take solace in the fact his saves are regularly spectacular.” — Shawn P. Roarke, Senior Director of Editorial
“It was a dazzling save for Fleury, but the rare goal by the goaltender always gets the nod from me.” — Tracey Myers, staff writer
“A goalie goal beats a goalie save 11 times out of 10.” — Brian Compton, deputy managing editor
Video: NSH@CHI: Rinne launches home first NHL goal
“Since my Montreal hometown is the cradle of the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil, I’m sticking with the ridiculously acrobatic Fleury.” –– Dave Stubbs, columnist
“I’m not changing my opinion on what matters here. Fleury’s save preserved a win; Rinne’s goal, while awesome to see, was still more of a lucky, stars aligned type of play that had little to no impact on the outcome of a game. Fleury’s save was brilliant and impactful. It gets my vote.” — Dan Rosen, senior writer
Video: TOR@VGK: Fleury makes incredible glove save on Petan
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