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NHL Play of the Year Showdown: Duchene vs. Stamkos

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TSN.ca Staff
4/29/2014 12:03:29 PM
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TSN.ca's NHL Play of the Year showdown continues today with two of the games brightest young stars showing off very different skill sets.

The 12th match-up of the Round of 32 sees Matt Duchene's dangle go head-to-head with Steven Stamkos' swing.

Duchene breaks in on the wing with only Karl Alzner between him and the net. He protects the puck outside before making a dirty drag move back to the inside. The finish, though, was also a thing of beauty, as Duchene gets his flick shot under the bar, over Michal Neuvirth's shoulder and finds the top shelf.

Stamkos, meanwhile, shows of some serious hand-eye coordination.

Ondrej Palat's shot from in tight finds the crossbar behind Robin Lehner, but the rebound pops high in the air and starts to fall off to the left side of the net. Stamkos watches the falling disc, chokes up on his stick and is given the green light to swing. There are two amazing parts to this play. First, he gets the stick under the bar (despite the official making an immediate no-goal call, the goal would stand) and - if you watch the replay – Stamkos gets the puck squarely with the blade of his stick. If it hadn't been a goal, it likely would have been a solid single up the middle.

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.

Steven Stamkos (Photo: Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)
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