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Bobrovsky, Brodeur into Final 4 for EA Sports Cover

Bobrovsky, Brodeur into Final 4 for EA Sports Cover

Martin Brodeur is in the Final Four of the EA Sports NHL14 Cover Vote, and on Hockey Night in Canada as an analyst this week. (Scott Slingsby photo)

Martin Brodeur is in the Final Four of the EA Sports NHL14 Cover Vote, and on Hockey Night in Canada as an analyst this week. (Scott Slingsby photo)

Two goaltenders are still alive in the voting for the cover of the EA Sports NHL14 video game, but designers for the popular franchise may need to make some alterations within the game itself because they couldn’t be more different in the styles they play.

Long-time New Jersey Devils’ star Martin Brodeur, who is still given to the sliding two-pad stack saves seen in this photo on the left, and the more modern, but still evolving Sergei Bobrovksy, who is a Vezina Trophy finalist in his first season with the Columbus Blue Jackets, have both made the final four of fan voting to select the next cover athlete.

It sets up a potential Brodeur-Bobrovsky showdown in the final round, ensuring a goalie on the cover for the first time since John Vanbiesbrouck appeared in a Florida Panthers jersey as the face of NHL 97. But first they have to make it past their offensively gifted semi-final opponents – Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk for Brodeur, and rising New York Islanders’ star John Tavares for Bobrovsky – and InGoal readers can help their fellow goaltenders do just that.

Fans can vote on the NHL.com/covervote website until midnight eastern standard time on Sunday, May 26, with bonus opportunities to vote through Twitter and Instagram by using the #NHLCoverVote hashtag.

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky is a finalist for both the Vezina Trophy and EA Sports NHL14 cover (Photo by Clint Trahan)

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky is a finalist for both the Vezina Trophy and EA Sports NHL14 cover (Photo by Clint Trahan)

As for their different styles of play, Brodeur, who is also appearing on Hockey Night in Canada this week as a between-periods playoff analyst, has talked to InGoal in the past about his reverse-evolution from being a butterfly goaltender in junior, to the “stand-up” specialist that has taken over the NHL record book. You can read “Martin Brodeur Ask a Pro: My Whole thing was Butterfly” online.

Bobrovsky has gone the other way, toning down his reliance on impressive speed and athleticism with a more controlled game that has undergone significant adjustments since being traded from the Philadelphia Flyers to Columbus last summer. Those changes will be the subject of the cover story in the upcoming edition of InGoal Magazine.

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  1. John Blando

    I think Marty is a hybrid..If any of the new hockey fans want to see a “Stand-Up” goalie, watch the movie “Miracle”. Watch how Jim Craig played..Old films of “Stand Up” guys are hard to find..Put Brodeur on the cover because his unrivaled career is winding down…PS..I’m not a Devil fan, but the guy deserves it…