The fans have spoken in chicagoblackhawks.com's Fans Choice Awards for the 2012-13 season! We asked our fans to make their picks for the best of the Blackhawks' across numerous categories!
Allstate Best Play of the Year Regular Season:
Patrick Kane's 15th goal of the season was of the highlight-reel variety. His spin-o-rama left rookie defenseman Brenden Dillon in the dust and gave him plenty of room to fire off a 23-foot backhand for Chicago's eighth goal of the night.
Runner-up: Kane to Hossa in OT (18.5%)
Allstate Best Play of the Playoffs:
No, that wasn't a replay of Bryan Bickell's late equalizer, that was Dave Bolland putting away a go-ahead goal with under a minute left in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. It comes as no surprise that Bolland's magic just 17 seconds after Bickell's was voted the Allstate Playoff Play of the Year. Bolland's last-ditch efforts delivered the Blackhawks their second Stanley Cup in four seasons.
Runner-up: Brent Seabrook's Game 7 OT winner (27%)
Best Mic'd Up Feature:
The three-overtime opener of the Stanley Cup Final came to a thrilling end at the stroke of midnight when Andrew Shaw deflected the puck past Tuukka Rask. Shaw gave some much-deserved love to his trusty shinpads for their assistance in directing the puck to the back of the net.
Runner-up: Jonathan Toews' "Where's my boy Zeus?" (21%)
Best Blackhawks TV Feature:
This video debuted at the Blackhawks' Championship Rally and left everyone in Grant Park buzzing. The combination of perfectly selected music under the most memorable moments of the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup run made for one unforgettable video. Edited by the United Center Scoreboard crew, "Lift You Up" is your choice for best Blackhawks TV feature.
Runner-up: Joey's Playoff Beard Report (22%)
It comes to no surprise that the fan's choice for best blueliner was Duncan Keith. Remember Game 4 against Minnesota in the Western Conference Quarterfinals? Keith skated a team-high 23:57 on zero sleep. He was with his wife as they welcomed their first child, son Colton, in Chicago early Tuesday morning. To recap: Keith can compete at the highest level without having slept the night before.
Runner-up: Brent Seabrook (32%)
Patrick Kane silenced his critics in the truncated 2012-13 regular season with solid play and several highlight reel performances (see above). And when the stakes were at their highest, Kane showed up big time. Let's relive Game 5 of the Western Conference Final against the L.A. Kings.
Runner-up: Jonathan Toews (34%)
They said he couldn't get a shutout. But he did. (He recorded four in 2012-13.) They said the Blackhawks couldn't win a Stanley Cup with him. But the Blackhawks did. Like Kane, Corey Crawford learned the art of silencing his critics with play that spoke louder than his critics. A candidate for the most valuable player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Crawford snags the title of most valuable Blackhawk voted by the fans.
Runner-up: Patrick Kane (28%)
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