The NHL Man Madness 2106 Round 2 voting is done, and it has left some handsome debris in its wake.
- Votes: 660
- Upsets: at least one
- Hearts broken: Mine, twice
Jonathan Toews lost. Not that Zach Parise isn’t just as charmingly handsome or likely to put his coat over a puddle so your shoes don’t get wet walking to his luxury car, but still. Jonathan Toews lost. He doesn’t… do that. Ever. Not since that ASG Skills Competition when he didn’t know the shooting round had started!
Zach got 53.3% of the vote. For once in hockey, the US is all…
John Tavares also lost, to Steven Stamkos, by 93 votes. If it had been 91 votes I would have tossed myself off the Annapolis bridge. (Note: not that high). As it is, I feel like:
And you know how Tavares feels? No, not sad. Well maybe a little, on the inside, but he’d never been so ungracious as to show it. He’ll just take his whatever-place-finish and shucks, thanks so much to the hundreds of people who did think he was handsome!
Meanwhile, Stamkos says:
Crosby v Letang was way too close at the start. Hey, I love Disney Princes, but this is Sid we’re talking about! Luckily, Pierre Maguire was free to stuff the ballot box all day long, and Crosby took home his round with +170 votes.
Marko Dano surprisingly got 36% of the vote in his round – I still haven’t looked this guy up. If he fell out of the sky right now and landed on me, I wouldn’t know him. But you can bet Tyler Seguin didn’t even blink at this competition.
It was surprisingly no competition between Jamie Benn and James Neal, as Benn got 75% of that vote. Is it the Nashville? The not scoring 30 goals, not getting suspended, fact that I’ve barely blogged all season? You’ve all forgotten?
Or is the awkward panda-perfect hair-tattoo of a graveyard just too much to overcome?
Hahahah WHAT is that .gif? Forget it, I just changed my vote to Jamie Benn also. Sorry, Neal.
While the Gabe Landeskog v Roman Josi category caused some people real-life conflict…
Gabe to Babe lived up to his name and brought in 58% of the votes. How does he feel about fending off a handsome opponent and winning your heart?
With 71% of the votes, Aaron Ekblad beat Tom Wilson. (At the polls, not on the ice. Please don’t fight Tom Wilson.) It was a fascinating battle until you remember 1) they’re both 12 and b) no one likes the Panthers. At least not anyone who can .gif. Someone, please, fill the void of Ekblad gifs in the world.
Lastly – and I saved this for a reason – Carey Price trounced Justin Faulk, winning 77% of the vote. Price beat Mike Green by exactly the same margin in Round One.
So, we’re throwing Carey a wrench. When I created this bracket challenge, I spent 0.2 seconds thinking about the Bruins, and the first Bruin that came to mind was Loui Eriksson. I can’t tell you why. But I can tell you what I missed – Patrice Bergeron. Holy Hannah, you people love Bergy. I get it… no, I don’t really. He’s still a Bruin. But democracy being what it is, I am forced to accept a write-in candidate. So….
If Bergy had been in Eriksson’s place, he would surely have beaten Justin Faulk. Bergy certainly would have given Price a run for this money in this round. Now that we know Price is through to the Quarterfinal, here’s the wrench:
We’re calling a run-off. One round, only one vote: Bergeron v Price. If Price wins, he stays. If Bergy wins, he replaces Price entirely in the spot he would have rightfully won if Chuck were around to throw dishes and remind me he was missing in the first place.
Your mission now is simple. Bergeron or Price? The winner will face Steven Stamkos in the Quarterfinal Round. You’ve had it easy, Carey, but you need your game face now.
Voting in the run-off ends Monday at 12 PM Eastern, in case you’re off social media for the weekend. Like I am always trying to be. Assuming there are people who succeed.