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Welcome to the 2010-11 Panthers Play Of The Year tournament.

We asked fans what their top play was for each week throughout the season with a tournament at the end of the season to decide what was the best play of the year. Each of the 26 weekly winners are here, along with six wild cards to make up the 32-play tournament. Seedings are based off of the voting percentages garnered each week and the wild cards were thrown in randomly at the bottom of each bracket.

Voting for the year end tournament will be a week long for each bracket with each round starting on Thursday and ending on Wednesday at 4:00pm.


Voting is limited to one vote per person per day.
 
 
ROUND 1

MATTHIAS BRACKET

     
 

WEEK 15: Jan 23 at NJD

Set up on the rush from Cory Stillman, Shawn Matthias takes the puck and goes top shelf on Devils netminder Martin Brodeur to get them to within one, 2-1 7:22 into the second period.

 

WEEK 11: Dec 20 at PHI

With time winding down in the opening period, rookie winger Evgeny Dadonov gets behind the Flyers defense and then makes a nice move on Russian netminder Sergei Bobrovsky before sliding the puck past him with 44 ticks to play.

 
 

 

 
     
 

WEEK 22: Mar 12 vs TBL

Heading down on a 2-on-1 break and with time dwindling in overtime, Tampa's Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos look to win the game but defenseman Mike Weaver makes a nice poke check to start the rush up the ice where Mike Santorelli feeds Jason Garrison for the game-winner on the backhand with 16.6 seconds left on the clock.

 

WEEK 2: Oct 23 vs NYI

Veteran forward Radek Dvorak scores his second game-winner of the season as he hops on a long rebound left by the Islanders Rick Dipietro and scores into the wide open net with just 6:32 left in the game.

 
 

 

 
     
   
     
 

WEEK 17: Feb 1 at TOR

Up first for the Panthers in the shootout, David Booth gives the away team the lead as he goes 360 on Toronto's J.S. Giguere. The move works as he freezes the goalie and puts it up top for the goal.

 

WEEK 8: Dec 2 at LAK

David Booth gives the Panthers a 2-1 lead with 4:09 left to play in the second while also ending a 12-game scoreless streak in the process as he beats Jonathan Quick with from the right face-off circle.

 
 

 

 
     
 

WEEK 25: Apr 2 vs PIT

Back from injury, Jack Skille finds himself all alone on the rush. After receiving the saucer pass from Marty Reasoner, Skille goes top shelf for his first goal as a Panther, tying the game at one 14:38 into the first period.

 

WEEK 9: Dec 7 vs COL

Stephen Weiss gives the Panthers a dramatc come-from-behind win in the extra session as he his tripped up while going across the crease but it doesn't matter as he scores while falling to the ice just 43 seconds into the 5:00 period.

 
 

 

 
   

KULIKOV BRACKET

     
 

WEEK 14: Jan 15 vs NJD

The Panthers second overtime winner in the week, defenseman Dmitry Kulikov shows great poise, faking a shot before dragging the puck to an open spot and rifling a shot past a screen and over Martin Brodeur with 1:24 left to play.

 

WEEK 15: Jan 21 vs TBL

Facing the one-on-one situation with just 1:05 left in overtime, Tomas Vokoun gives the Panthers a chance to win in the shootout as he gets his right pad on Tampa captain Vincent Lecavalier's penalty shot attempt.

 
 

 

 
     
 

WEEK 12: Jan 2 vs NYR

A great individual play by Chris Higgins as he first steals the puck in the defensive zone then works his way up the ice in a two-on-one with Michael Frolik. The forward fakes the pass, does a toe drag around the defenseman and then fires it past Martin Biron to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead 8:50 into the third period.

 

WEEK 26: Apr 6 at WSH

Trailing by three with less than two minutes to play in the game, the Panthers get a little closer as Mike Santorelli nets his 20th of the year, scoring off a nice pass from Sergei Samsonov.

 
 

 

 
   
     
 

WEEK 11: Dec 23 at BUF

After giving up a 3-0 lead and allowing the Sabres to tie it, Jason Garrison makes sure Florida grabs the two points as his end-to-end rush finishes off with a fake pass to David Booth before beating Ryan Miller for the game-winner with 7:07 left to play in the third.

 

WEEK 13: Jan 5 vs ATL

Chris Higgins gets the Panthers to within one of Atlanta as he finds himself behind the Atlanta defense 12:39 into the third period. After taking the stretch pass from Mike Weaver, Higgins scores with a quick shot.

 
 

 

 
     
 

WEEK 18: Feb 13 vs SJS

Center Mike Santorelli gets the Panthers on the board with just 29 seconds remaining in the second period to tie the score at one against San Jose as he follows up on his own shot on the rush by banking the puck off Antti Niemi.

 

WEEK 7: Nov 27 at TBL

Shawn Matthias does his best to give the Panthers their first lead of the game as he scores while spinning around off a centering feed from Mike Santorelli 8:31 into the third period.

 
 

 

 
   

THOMAS BRACKET

     
 

WEEK 21: Mar 6 vs WSH

After Mike Santorelli blocks a point shot, Michal Repik and Bill Thomas work their way down the ice on a two-on-one where Thomas one-times the Repik pass into the back of the net for the first goal of the game 15:03 into the first period.

 

WEEK 17: Feb 2 at MTL

Defenseman Keaton Ellerby makes Montreal's Andrei Kostitsyn pay for skating with his head down while trying to take the puck out of his own zone with 4:22 left in the first period.

 
 

 

 
     
 

WEEK 3: Oct 30 at MTL

Taken down on a breakaway, forward David Booth nets his fourth goal of the season as he beats Carey Price by going backhand, forehand, topshelf to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead 11:19 into the second period. The goal holds up as the game-winner.

 

WEEK 7: Nov 27 at TBL

Halled down on a short-handed breakaway, Radek Dvorak makes the most of his opportunity, faking out Dan Ellis and scoring on a forehand shot to get the Panthers on the board 12:22 into the second period.

 
 

 

 
   
     
 

WEEK 19: Feb 19 at TBL

Up first in the shootout, Mike Santorelli nets the only goal of the one-on-one session after deking Dan Ellis and then going top shelf for the goal.

 

WEEK 4: Nov 5 vs CAR

The Panthers grab the momentum early against Carolina, all thanks to David Booth. The forward rushes up the left side of the ice, chips it off the boards to himself and then follows up on his own rebound, giving the Panthers a 1-0 lead 2:05 into the game.

 
 

 

 
     
 

WEEK 24: Mar 23 at CHI

Scoreless with 6:38 left in the first, Tomas Vokoun keeps it that way as he first get a piece of Brent Seabrook's slap shot and then gets the right pad on the rebound causing the puck to hop onto the top of the net.

 

WEEK 1: Oct 16 vs TBL

Forward David Booth scores his second of the game after finishing off a two-on-one break with Rostislav Olesz. Olesz put the puck through a defender's skates to get Booth the puck. That gave the Panthers a 5-0 lead 7:49 into the third period.

 
 

 

 
   

BERNIER BRACKET

     
 

WEEK 20: Feb 20 at ATL

In the bottom round of number four of the shootout, forward Steve Bernier wins it for the Panthers, beating Ondrej Pavelec with a wrist shot that rings off the post and in.

 

WEEK 9: Dec 9 at WSH

Forward Mike Santorelli puts the nail in the coffin as he scores on the power play to give the Panthers a 3-0 lead with just 2:34 by walking around a Caps defenseman and deking out Semyon Varlamov before tucking it into the empty net.

 
 

 

 
     
 

WEEK 23: Mar 17 vs TOR

With Toronto looking to get the puck out of their own zone, the Leafs Mikhail Grabvoski gets the puck. Ryan Carter, tracking the forward on the play, seperates him from the puck with a thunderous hit which leads directly to a fight between Carter and the Kevin Aulie 12:10 into the second.

 

WEEK 25: Mar 29 at CBJ

Down by a goal in the third period, Evgeny Dadonov takes the puck up the left side of the ice, skates around the defender and then the back of the net before depositing it into the wide open net on the wrap-around. The goal helped Florida gain a point.

 
 

 

 
   
   
     
 

WEEK 16: Jan 25 at NYR

With the Rangers tying the game at one less than a minute earlier, Keaton Ellerby keeps the puck in at the blueline before firing a shot past Henrik Lundqvist for his first career NHL goal 3:03 into the second.

 

WEEK 10: Dec 17 vs BUF

On a power play of their own, Shawn Matthias drops the puck back to Michael Frolik on a rush who in turns drops in to David Booth. There Booth works east to west where he outwaits Ryan Miller and fires it into the top of the net to make it 4-0 with 3:32 left in the first.

 
 

 

 
     
 

WEEK 6: Nov 20 at NYI

Finding himself open on the rush, Mike Santorelli takes the cross-ice feed from Shawn Matthias and picks the top left corner of the net, tying the score at one just 2:27 into the second.

 

WEEK 5: Nov 10 vs TOR

Holding on to a 2-0 lead, Shawn Matthias finds himself behind the Toronto defense thanks to a pass from Michael Frolik. Matthias makes good on the breakaway, scoring five-hole 2:44 into the third.

 
 

 

 
   
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