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Play of the Year Semifinals

Tournament Comes Down to Final Four Plays

Monday, 05.18.2009 / 12:00 PM MT / Features
By - Official Site of the Colorado Avalanche
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Play of the Year Semifinals
We're down to the final four in's "Play of the Year" tournament. Semifinal action runs through Monday, May 25 at 12:00 p.m. MT, so be sure to vote for your favorite play today.

Quarterfinal Results:
#1 Wolski Bests Backstrom (59.13%) defeats #25 Stastny Cuts In (40.87%)
#29 Budaj's Breakaway Stop (71.74%) defeats #21 Budaj Hugs the Post (28.26%)
#22 Lappy Runs Over Downey (59.61%) defeats #3 Smyth Dangles (40.39%)
#2 Budaj Robs H. Sedin (67.33%) defeats #10 Budaj Robs Roenick (32.67%)

Click here for a PDF of the full bracket

MATCH-UP 1: #1 Wojtek Wolski vs. #29 Peter Budaj
The top overall seed in the tournament is still alive and kicking, but will have to beat out a Budaj save to make it to the finals.

Wolski Bests Backstrom - 3/12 vs. Minnesota (65.97% in Week 22)
Wojtek Wolski continued his shootout magic, netting the game-winner in the Avs’ 2-1 victory over the Wild. Wolski baited Niklas Backstrom out of the net and actually faked two shots before sailing an attempt over the Minnesota netminder.


Budaj’s Breakaway Stop – 3/14 @ Edmonton (36.86% in Week 23)
Edmonton’s Ales Hemsky found himself in a one-on-one battle with Peter Budaj after receiving a long outlet feed from Denis Grebeshkov. However, Budaj was up to the test, stretching out his right pad to stop the Oiler forward on a breakaway attempt.


MATCH-UP 2: #22 Ian Laperriere vs. # 2 Peter Budaj
Lappy has received a large amount of fan support through the first three rounds, but will it be enough for his body check to take down the second overall seed?

Lappy Runs Over Downey – 3/4 vs. Detroit (42.46% in Week 21)
Midway through the first period, Avalanche assistant captain Ian Laperriere threw a big hit on Detroit’s Aaron Downey. While Downey had his head down looking for the puck along the side wall, Laperriere charged in and laid out a clean, hard hit.


Budaj Robs H. Sedin – 11/12 at Vancouver (62.96% in Week 5)
The Sedin twins teamed up in an attempt to foil Peter Budaj, but the goaltender was up to the task. Daniel made a feed to an open Henrik, who was stationed to Budaj’s left with a seemingly open net. Budaj quickly moved side-to-side and robbed the Canucks of a goal by getting a glove on Henrik’s attempt.


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