The Stanley Cup Final wont start for another couple of weeks, but that’s not the case over at EA Sports, where the NHL 14 Cover Vote Final is now underway. For the first time since 1997, a goaltender will grace the famed cover, and there’s only one thing to decide; which one it is.
It started with two players from each NHL club, and it is now down to two goaltenders: Martin Brodeur and Sergei Bobrovsky. Brodeur’s legacy is obvious, as he is undoubtedly the best goaltender of all time, leading in games played, wins, and shutouts. Brodeur beat out the Detroit Red Wings‘ Pavel Datsyuk to advance to the Final/ Bobrovsky, on the other hand, stood on his head for the Columbus Blue Jackets, becoming a Vezina candidate just one year after being stuck behind Ilya Bryzgalov in the Philadelphia Flyers‘ goalie rotation. Bobrovsky got past the New York Islanders‘ John Tavares in the semi-finals. You can vote for either ‘keeper at http://covervote.nhl.com/#/ballot
The Downfall Of The Blackhawks
The Chicago Blackhawks had their own two sets of players in this year’s Vote as well in Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith. Sharp beat out his fellow Winnipeg native and teammate in the preliminary voting round, and then was ousted by Bobrovsky in the Round Of Sixteen. The Blackhawks can win at a lot of things, but the Cover Vote does not seem to be one in the near future. Before the Cover Vote was inaugurated, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews each took a turn on the cover in 2010 and 2011 respectively, becoming the first pair of team-mates to do that in EA Sports history (they also make the Madden NFL franchise.) With the Blackhawks’ two most prominent characters already taking their turn, it does not seem like a Hawk will take to the cover until a new wave of players hit the League, or Marian Hossa steps it up in the polls.
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