As I am sure most of hockey fans and video games are aware by now, EA Sports is doing a contest like they did with Madden last year and this year where fans can vote for who is on the cover of the game. Philadelphia Flyers Claude Giroux has made the finals and will take on Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne.
I wonder if the Rinne and Evgeni Malkin will say it was a conspiracy? Matt Moulson of the Islanders suggested the Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk that they team-up to get Giroux and Moulson’s teammate John Tavares in to the finals.
JVR seemed to think it was a great idea:
It seems as if JVR forgot that Malkin was in the Atlantic Division as well…..well he’s a Pittsburgh Penguin so he doesn’t really count. Also, they were not able to get Tavares to the final round, where I think G would have easily beat him.
This round really is a toss-up and it could go either way. They always say a hot goalie will win you a championship, so could it happen here. It all comes down to a skater vs a netminder, winner takes all. The last goalie to be on a NHL cover was John Vanbiesbrouck in 1997.
The vote is up now and voting end on June 4th, so vote early and vote often. Click here and it will take the cover vote page where you can vote for your winner.
They say the NHL series has no curse since in 2010 Patrick Kane scored a Cup-winning goal and this year Steven Stamkos notched 60-goals. NHL 2004 had controversy to it though, Joe Thornton was originally chosen, but EA switched to Dany Heatley after Thornton was accused of assaulting two police officers. Thornton’s cover was never produced. After the 2003-2004 season begun, Heatley was involved in a car crash that killed teammate Dan Snyder, prompting EA to switch covers to one featuring Joe Sakic.
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