The first round of TSN.ca's 2013 Play of the Year Showdown keeps cooking with two fantastic entries from some very talented, passionate players. An incredible play by Pittsburgh Penguins superstar, Sidney Crosby (with the help of Pascal Dupuis) goes up against a stellar individual effort by Winnipeg Jets winger, Evander Kane. Does one of these star players have what it takes to capture the 2013 POY crown?
Sidney Crosby's POY entry will certainly impress you. His hockey IQ shines bright in this play, with incredible vision, fast reflexes and pinpoint accuracy. Crosby shows why he is the best player in the game, using his creativity to feed Pascal Dupuis the puck who then wraps up this gorgeous play with a quick shot that beats a scrambling James Reimer.
Kane's POY-nominated goal is much more of a strong individual effort, and coincidentally, also against the Leafs. Weaving through the neutral zone, Kane out-races a tired Nazem Kadri, and then puts a fantastic move on Toronto's last man back. A great finish caps off this POY play from Evander Kane.
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- In his young hockey career, Crosby has won a Stanley Cup, World Jr. Hockey Championship gold medal, and scored the game-winning goal to capture Olympic gold against the Americans in 2010. He also led the NHL in scoring (2009-10) with 51 goals and points (2006-07) with 120.
- Kane had a very successful junior hockey career, winning the always-tough Memorial Cup with the Vancouver Giants in 2007 and gold medals in both the World U18 and World Jr. hockey tournaments. Kane holds the Vancouver Giants franchise records for most goals in a single season with 48 in 2008-09.
- Crosby lived with Mario Lemieux and his family from 2005 until 2010 when he purchased his own home nearby. On his way home from a gold medal performance at the 2005 World Junior Hockey Championships, his game-worn (soon to be auctioned) jersey was stolen by a baggage handler. The jersey was later recovered in a mailbox in Montreal. The story was picked up by major news outlets in North America and the jersey later sold at auction for over $20,000, all of which was donated to charity.
- Kane drew the ire of media and fans alike with he tweeted a photo of himself in Las Vegas posing while holding stacks of $100 bills like a cell phone. Kane was also the first NHL player to sign with a KHL team during the lockout.