NHL Play of the Year Showdown: Hemsky vs. Wheeler

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TSN.ca Staff
4/14/2014 1:45:56 PM
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While the NHL regular season has come to an end an annual tradition is ready to get underway at TSN.ca.

The NHL Play of the Year showdown kicks off with some slick moves going head-to-head with a combination of soft hands and endless patience.

The first match-up of the Round of 32 pits two stars from Canadian clubs against one another: The Ottawa Senators' Ales Hemsky against Blake Wheeler of the Winnipeg Jets.

Hemsky dazzled Senators fans early into his late-season tenure in the Nation's Capital with a set of moves that made a large portion of a playoff-calibre club look silly.

Taking a feed from Milan Michalek just over centre, Hemsky hit the blue line and began his dance through a trio of Tampa Bay Lightning players. Radko Gudas became a spectator early into the play and Matt Carle was unable to get anywhere near a puck that Hemsky was guarding like a signing bonus. As for Ben Bishop, well, this probably won't be making his Vezina consideration reel either.

Wheeler offers up the competition in waiting out nearly the entire Colorado Avalanche and making it look kinda easy.

The amazing part about Wheeler's effort is that it starts with a long-bomb pass that puts him in one-on-one in the Avs zone. The next move would be academic, if he'd chosen to just beat the one defender, but the degree of difficulty would be way too low for that to crack the top-32. Instead, Wheeler waits for four (FOUR!) Avalanche defenders to gain the zone and stickhandles around the outside of all of them to put a wrister through virtually every single one of them and over Reto Berra for the goal.

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.

Blake Wheeler and Carey Price (Photo: Canadian Press)

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