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GOAL OF THE YEAR: THE FINAL FOUR

The final four is set for this years' Goal of the Year.

Friday, 05.11.2012 / 4:00 PM / News
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GOAL OF THE YEAR: THE FINAL FOUR
Unlike this year\u2019s Stanley Cup Playoffs, there won\u2019t be any magic from an eighth seed in the Sabres \u201CGoals of the Year\u201D showdown bracket. All four top seeds have moved on to the semifinals, with Tyler Ennis proving to be a fan favorite in both of his first-round matchups. Almost 2,500 votes were cast throughout the week in the four quarterfinal pairings.

Unlike this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, there won’t be any magic from an eighth seed in the Sabres “Goals of the Year” showdown bracket. All four top seeds have moved on to the semifinals, with Tyler Ennis proving to be a fan favorite in both of his first-round matchups. Almost 2,500 votes were cast throughout the week in the four quarterfinal pairings.

Ennis’ pass to himself against Pittsburgh on February 19 was the biggest margin of victory in the first round, taking 69% of the votes in his duel with Cody Hodgson’s two-goal outing versus Montreal on March 21. He followed that up with 61% of the votes in a 4 vs. 5 tilt with Jason Pominville, as his sick stickhandling skills against Montreal on March 12 were more popular than the captain’s shorty in Washington on March 27.

Thomas Vanek, the three seed, also moved on to the next round with a 51%-49% win over Derek Roy. Vanek’s goal was a solo effort against the Panthers on October 29, while Roy didn’t get nearly enough love for his OT winner against Toronto at home on April 3.

Despite being the two seed, rookie Marcus Foligno and his “jump” goal on March 14 against Colorado pulled out another surprising win with a 54%-46% decision over Jordan Leopold’s crease-crashing tying goal in a must-win game against the Maple Leafs on April 3.

Here are your four semifinal winners, and their pairings for next week’s showdown brackets:

Will Ennis continue his roll? Can the veteran Vanek or freshman Foligno prevent an Ennis vs. Ennis final? Stay tuned! Watch Sabres.com for more details on how to vote for your favorite goals of the 2011-12 season.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82