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Dallas Stars 2011-12 Play Of The Year: Hits

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Every off season, we here at Defending Big D vote to determine which play (hit, goal or save) was the play of the year. It seems as though in the glamor of the Jamie Benn break away goal the hard hits of Mark Fistric or the snappy glove save of Kari Lehtonen are easily overlooked.

This season, we're going to vote on a play of the year in each of the three categories: hits, saves and goals. This week, we're looking at the hits. Often times explosive, and sometimes even border line, hits within a game can shift momentum or send a message. And sometimes they can lead to unexpected humor, like putting a guy through the glass on opening night.

After the jump, vote on the Dallas Stars' hit of the 2011-12 season from the top six vote getters of the two groups voted on here.

Vote on your hit of the year after the jump!

Jamie Benn puts Nicklas Hjalmarsson through the glass, October 7, 2011

Mark Fistric smokes Anton Lander, November 21, 2011

Steve Ott pounds Brad Marchand, December 31, 2011

Mark Fistric hip checks Jiri Hudler, January 17, 2012

Stephane Robidas takes out Justin Faulk, February 4, 2012

Ryan Garbutt hits Lars Eller at the blueline, February 21, 2012