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by George Malik on 06/06/14 at 12:28 PM ET
TSN's Play of the Year Final is here, and it's a Red Wings player vs. Red Wings player battle for the second consecutive year, though it's not Datsyuk-vs-Datsyuk this time around.
This time, Tomas Tatar's deke-dangle-and-evade goal against the Dallas Stars...
Faces off against Gustav Nyquist's second-effort breakaway goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Update: Finally, TSN weighs in (via RedWingsFeed):
Last year, two plays by Pavel Datsyuk squared off for the title. This year, it's Tomas Tatar against teammate Gustav Nyquist.
Tatar made the final on a play where he eliminated his defenders by running them clean into one another.
Streaking over the blue line, Tatar feels a pair of Dallas defenders closing in on him. As Brenden Dillon moves in for the big hit, Tatar hesitates and the Stars d-man catches teammate Cameron Gaunce square on, sending both players flying. Tatar resumes his drive and finishes with a nifty backhand shovel that goes off Kari Lehtonen and in.
Nyquist breaks in one-on-one against Matt Carle and the Lightning defender appears initially to do enough to prevent a goal, drawing a penalty in the process. However, Nyquist shakes Carle's grip and pounces on the puck he just lost. From behind the goal line, he still has the presence of mind to corral the puck and toss it under a recovering Ben Bishop.
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