If you haven’t heard or seen already, NHL.com is having a daily voting contest daily with 64 moments of the season, two for each team with two extra in the Western Conference to even out the imbalance of teams. There will be a daily vote ending at 10 AM each day, with a new video being posted each day across the NHL social media platforms.
Here’s the official description from NHL.com:
Beginning Monday, March 30th you can vote for the Greatest Moments of the 2019-20 season…so far.Daily matchup(s) will be posted on the NHL’s social channels and NHL.com with the voting taking place via Twitter and Instagram Story.Polls close for each matchup at 10AM ET the day after it is first posted with the winning moment moving on to the next round.Stories about each day’s matchup will also be featured on NHL.com.
*The winner is votes across the board on Twitter and Instagram. Some Twitter poll winners below did not advanced due to the discrepancy from Instagram.
The first of two the Penguins moments is the 8-6 victory over Vancouver on November 27. The Penguins scored six goals in the 3rd period that mercifully came to an end when Evgeni Malkin was taken down on a breakaway and scored into an empty net from his keister.
That game will match up against the Tampa Bay Lightning’s game from October 23 that honored 46 out of the 70 living Medal of Honor recipients before playing the Penguins later that evening.
The second Penguins game features another great moment in Penguins history, but is likely the underdog against one of the best moments in the NHL this season. It was when Sidney Crosby became the sixth-fastest player in NHL history to record 800 assists on March 3. The Penguins won that game 7-3.
That game will be featured against Bobby Ryan’s emotional hat trick in his first game since returning from a leave of absence to deal with his personal issues with addiction. He celebrated 100 days sober by playing in his first game since stepping away and recorded a hat trick in what will be one of the lasting memories of this strange and otherwise forgettable season in Ottawa.
There have been four decisions made already in the Western Conference as voting began on Monday. The first matchup featured Ryan Miller in Anaheim trading a hockey puck to a fan for a box of Thin Mints against an six goal explosion from the Colorado Avalanche in only eight minutes.
The second matchup featured one of the best rivalries in the NHL in years with the Battle of Alberta this season. This one featured Connor McDavid’s six point night (3G, 3A) against Matthew Tkachuk’s between the legs overtime winner with 1.6 seconds left in overtime.
The third matchup pitted Tyler Toffoli’s first-ever outdoor game hat trick in this years Stadium Series game against Patrick Kane’s 1,000th career point.
Connor McDavid’s (@cmcdavid97) 6-point night advances! ✔️— NHL (@NHL) April 1, 2020
Next up: Tyler Toffoli’s (@tytoff16) first-ever NHL outdoor hat trick or Patrick Kane’s (@88PKane) 1,000th career point - which are you taking?
The fourth matchup featured one of the funnest and rarest plays in hockey with Pekka Rinne’s goalie goal going against the Winter Classic in Dallas.
Voting ends for the fifth matchup this morning at 10 AM. Today’s matchup looks like another good one with Connor McDavid’s goal-of-the-year worthy goal going against Oliver Ekman-Larsson honoring a young fan on Hockey Fights Cancer night.
Don’t worry if you were unaware of this contest before today, as it’s only just beginning and the first round will take at least 32 days to complete before advancing to the next round. With not a whole lot going on in the hockey world right now, and no change in sight, this will at least give you something to look forward to each day as we all do our best to find what we can to stay occupied.