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GIF Tournament Semifinal: Swede Dish vs. Hats Off to Grubauer

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In the absence of actual, live hockey, we offer up a month of moving hockey snippets that will battle it out for the greatest prize in all of Caps GIFdom.

Collage by Brendan Sheridan

ADAMS DIVISION - FIRST ROUND

SWEDE DISH (1)
vs.
HAT'S OFF TO GRUBAUER (4)

Click here to view and vote on the rest of the bracket.

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SWEDE DISH (1)

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One thing to remember when watching this GIF is that Nicklas Backstrom is really, really good at hockey. That may seem like an obvious thing, but it's something that clearly was forgotten by... well, every player on the ice in a Jets' uniform at the time.

Not that they could have done anything about it even if they'd remembered, but still.

HATS OFF TO GRUBAUER (4)

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What makes this one so great is the whole unexpected nature of it - and it starts out so normal. There's the usual celebratory crowd of people, there are the hockey players skating in to join their teammates, there's Joel Ward reaching up to pat his goalie on the he-... welp. Guess Philipp Grubauer didn't really want that hat anymore.

Now... GO VOTE!