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Malkin, Lundqvist highlight EA Sports NHL 13 cover quarterfinalists

May 11, 2012, 10:57 AM EDT

Malkin Lundqvist

EA Sports and have announced the eight quarterfinalists in the EA Sports NHL 13 Cover Vote contest, and a pair of Hart Trophy nominees top the list.

Evgeni Malkin and Henrik Lundqvist highlight a group of players that also includes Claude Giroux, Anze Kopitar, Pavel Datsyuk, John Tavares, Scott Hartnell and Pekka Rinne.

The “Elite Eight” will be paired off into head-to-head matchups with the winners advancing to the semifinals (to be held from May 24-28.)

The brackets:

Bracket A:

Claude Giroux vs. Anze Kopitar | Scott Hartnell vs. Evgeni Malkin

Bracket B:

Pavel Datsyuk vs. John Tavares | Henrik Lundqvist vs. Pekka Rinne

Bracket A voting runs from Friday to May 17. Bracket B voting begins May 18 and closes May 23. The semifinalists will be announced May 24, when the next round of voting begins.

The EA Sports Cover Vote Finals takes place from May 29 to June 4, with the winner being announced during the 2012 NHL Awards on June 20 at the Wynn Las Vegas.

  1. couturierfellatesguys - May 11, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    of course the best player in the world geno pringles can will be on the cover. theres no competition. i laugh at the thought of fartsmell and claud the no show girioux on there hahahaha

    • kitshky - May 11, 2012 at 11:20 AM

      You’d be so much more interesting if you just owned it and stuck to one account…

      • miketoasty - May 11, 2012 at 11:27 AM

        Just ignore him, even as a Pens fan this guy gets on my nerves.

    • lsxphotog - May 11, 2012 at 1:28 PM

      Giroux showed up in the Pens series…where was Malkin? Tending to his Chernobyl radiation poisoning, I presume – ugly sack.

  2. holtbeast - May 11, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Malkin went out in the first round, and as a Caps fan I can’t really get behind Lundqvist yet. I think this was the year of Claude Giroux though, so he should probably end up on the cover.

    • holtbeast - May 11, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      Of course, if the Kings win the West…Kopitar has a nice resume during these playoffs.

  3. GenoPringles - May 11, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Geno Pringles aka The Real Greatest Player in the world has a 99 rating in Girth.

  4. alphalol - May 11, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    No offense to any of the finalists listed in this group – they are arguably some of the best players to take the ice.

    That being said – if Pavel Datsyuk doesn’t make the cover, it will be a travesty. He is on his own level, and one of the 3 best players of all time, in my opinion…

    • jkay1818 - May 11, 2012 at 2:37 PM

      You’re right, no offense taken. Mario, Gretzky and Datsyuk. No disrespect taken to orr, howe, richard, messier, broduer, roy and about 200 other players, maybe more.

  5. GenoPringles - May 11, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    The cover should feature Jeff Carter boinking Fartsmell’s wife. Or Geno Pringles, tough call. Guess we’ll let the fans decide

  6. couturierfellatesguys - May 11, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    first of all toastymike isnt a pens fan hes a filthy flyers fan. second i would be all for jeff carter sodomizing fartsmells wife on the cover. either that ot malking rapeing the league in points just like everyother year the pens do.

  7. nyrangersfan - May 12, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    wait a minute. Carter dogged Fartsmells wife, for real?

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