The original bracket of 64 moments was determined by a blue-ribbon panel consisting of broadcasters from NHL national rightsholders NBC Sports Group, NHL Network, Sportsnet and TVA Sports. Five weeks of fan voting has cut the field to two.
Lemieux reached the final round by defeating Wayne Gretzky scoring 50 goals in the first 39 games of the 1980-81 season in one semifinal. His road to the final also included defeating the Stastny brothers each scoring eight points in a game in the first round, Gretzky scoring his NHL-record 802nd goal in the second round, the New York Islanders winning their fourth straight Stanley Cup championship in the third round and Darryl Sittler‘s 10-point game in the fourth round.
Orr defeated Teemu Selanne breaking the rookie single-season goal-scoring record in 1992-93 in the semifinal round. His road to the final included defeating Mud Bruneteau’s winning goal in the sixth overtime of a 1936 playoff game in the first round, Steve Yzerman‘s double-overtime goal in Game 7 of the 1996 Western Conference Final in the second round, Joe Sakic handing the Stanley Cup to Ray Bourqueafter the Colorado Avalanche’s Game 7 victory in 2001 in the third round and Gordie Howe becoming the first NHL player with 1,000 points in the fourth round.
To vote on the final matchup, fans can visit NHL.com/GreatestMoments. They can join the conversation using the hashtag #NHLGreatestMoments. Final-round voting ends on Nov. 29. The fans’ choice for the Greatest NHL Moment will be announced during the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic between the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa on Dec. 16 (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports, NHL.TV).