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Chicago Blackhawks: Is Patrick Kane's Spin-O-Rama Still the Top Play of 2011-12?

Matt BauerCorrespondent IIDecember 12, 2011

Chicago Blackhawks: Is Patrick Kane's Spin-O-Rama Still the Top Play of 2011-12?

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    The Chicago Blackhawks have had a roller coaster ride of ups and downs so far in the 2011-12 NHL season, but they certainly haven't failed to make a highlight reel of gorgeous plays.

    We all know the Hawks have a number of playmakers on their roster, and on any given night you can see a player do something on the ice that will make you stand up and cheer, even if you're by yourself in the confines of your own living room.

    Some of these highlights may never get old, no matter how many times you watch them, even in years to come.

Honorable Mention: Marian Hossa to Patrick Kane for the One-Timer

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    Watching Marian Hossa feed Patrick Kane a one-timer for a goal is a beautiful sight, especially when Kaner shoots so hard that he falls over.

10. Steve Montador Gets the Job Done at Both Ends of the Ice

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    Steve Montador isn't the most mobile skater on the Hawks' roster, and he's definitely not the most talented defenseman either.

    What's most impressive about Montador's play is how he's able to get up after losing his balance while making a key defensive stop in his own crease, and then make his way down the ice to light the lamp.

    Montador displays all the finesse he has when he takes the puck to the net.  It's not surprising he ends up on his backside for a second time on the same shift. 

    Montador's jock strap is probably in the same vicinity as Nikolai Khabibulin's.

9. Corey Crawford Says No to Eric Staal's Penalty Shot

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    Corey Crawford had to save Brent Seabrook after Seabs allowed Carolina Hurricanes' Eric Staal a breakaway. 

    Crawford stoned Staal once, but Seabrook was called for a bogus penalty, allowing Staal another chance with a penalty shot.

    The puck never lies. 

    Crawford stoned Staal for a second time, and you know Craw was pumped because he went out of his way to slap the puck down ice after he made the beautiful blocker save.

    It's not often you see that type of emotion from the Hawks' goaltender.

8. Jonathan Toews' Backhand Goal vs. Colorado Avalanche

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    Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews received a heads-up pass from his teammate Daniel Carcillo, a guy not known for his play-making ability.

    Toews made one quick little move and then roofed the puck on his backhand, tickling the twine.

    That goal may have looked easy, but it takes a lot of practice to go top shelf so quickly.

7. Andrew Brunette Redirects Marian Hossa's One-Timer to Tie the Game vs Sharks

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    The part of this video you want to watch starts at the minute-and-a-half mark.

    What's so great about this play is that Joel Quenneville pulled Ray Emery to give the Hawks the extra man while trailing with less than 90 seconds left in the game.

    Captain Serious won the draw the way he's done so many times this year; the puck trickled to Patrick Sharp who passed it to the point where Duncan Keith was waiting.  Keith then fed Hossa for the one-time slapper from the top of the faceoff circle.

    Antti Niemi had no idea the puck had gone past him until it hit the back of the net.

    Hossa's goal came with just over a minute left to play in regulation, and the Hawks ended up beating San Jose in overtime.

    It's not often you see the man advantage with an empty net pay off, but this Blackhawks team doesn't mess around.

    Talk about a change in momentum.

6. Patrick Sharp's OT Game-Winning Goal vs. New York Islanders

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    Patrick Sharp buried the OT game-winner against the New York Islanders on Dec. 8, but that's not even the best part.

    Sharpy found out after the game that his wife was going to give birth to their baby daughter.

    Madelyn Grace was born the next evening, and Sharp's encore performance was even better.

5. Patrick Sharp's OT Game-Winning Goal vs. San Jose Sharks

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    You'd think that Patrick Sharp would be a bit tired after taking care of his wife for a couple of days, following the birth of their baby daughter. 

    No, not Sharpy. 

    Remember, Sharp scored the OT game-winner against the Islanders the night before his daughter was born.

    Sharpy's encore performance did not disappoint either. 

    In the game following his daughter's birth, against the San Jose Sharks, Sharp scored a goal, including another OT game-winner, which makes two OT game-winners for Sharpy in as many games.

    The best part of this goal may just be his celebration after scoring on his former teammate, Niemi.

    Sharp's saying, "I'm king of the Madhouse," without actually saying it.  What a boss.

4. Steve Montador's Gordie Howe Hat Trick vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

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    Steve Montador has had a few shining moments this year, most of which came in the month of November, but he hasn't had too impressive of a season.

    But Montador had arguably his best game of the season in the Hawks' Nov. 10 meeting with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

    There was a rare Gordie Howe sighting. 

    No, "Mr. Hockey" wasn't on the ice or in the crowd.  Montador achieved the Gordie Howe hat trick, which consists of one goal, one assist and, of course, one fight.

3. Jonathan Toews to Patrick Kane for the One-Timer

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    Blackhawks fans are lucky because they're going to be able to watch two phenoms play together for a long time. 

    I'm talking about Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane—two guys who hoisted the Stanley Cup with the Hawks at the ages of 22 and 21 years old, respectively.

    Anytime Kane and Toews are on a two-on-one together, good things are going to happen.

    This goal is not as easy as it looks.  The adjustment Kaner has to make in order to bury the puck is unbelievable, and it illustrates how he can show off his shiftiness in more ways than one.

    I'll put it this way: Viktor Stalberg would not have been able to score that goal.

    This one-timer was one of the most beautiful goals I've seen in a long time.  I can't help but grin ear-to-ear every time I watch a replay.

2. Dave Bolland's Short-Handed Goal vs. Phoenix Coyotes

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    Dave Bolland really showed off his defensive ability as a forward on this play.  That's what makes this goal so special.

    After making a beautiful steal in the offensive zone, Bolland then had the confidence to wind up a slap shot from the top of the faceoff circle even though he had a clear lane to the net.

    This goal defines what the Selke Trophy stands for.

1. Patrick Kane's Spin-O-Rama Pass to Marian Hossa

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    Not only is Patrick Kane's goal-yielding spin-o-rama pass to Marian Hossa the Blackhawks' top play of the year, but a case could be made for this to be the NHL play of the year.

    Kaner took a page out of Denis Savard's playbook with the spin-o-rama pass, and like always, Big Hoss was in the right place at the right time to basically tap the puck past Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller.

    Hossa's facial expression after the goal says all that needs to be said about this play.

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