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Play of the Year Quarterfinals

Only Eight Plays Still in the Hunt for "Play of the Year" Honors

Monday, 05.24.2010 / 2:04 PM / Features
By ColoradoAvalanche.com - Official Site of the Colorado Avalanche
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Play of the Year Quarterfinals
Only eight plays remain in the hunt in ColoradoAvalanche.com's "Play of the Year" tournament. Quarterfinal action runs through Monday, May 31 at 12:00 p.m. MT, so cast your vote for each of the four matchups today.

Round 2, Session 2 Winners:
#3 Wolski Walks Around Flames (60.58%) defeats # 19 Wilson's First Goal (39.42%)
#6 Playoff Bound (53.97%) defeats #22 Quincey Flips Stamkos (46.03%)
#10 Hendricks Ends Marathon (59.09%) defeats #26 Anderson Robs Thornton (40.91%)
#15 Wilson Levels Thompson (79.37%) defeats #31 Galiardi Springs Jones (20.63%)

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QUARTERFINAL 1: #1 Kyle Cumiskey vs. #24 Craig Anderson
Cumiskey's tally has cruised through the competition thus far, while Anderson has survived a couple of close battles through the first two rounds.

Cumiskey Quick In OT – 2/10 vs. Atlanta (66.54% in Week 19)
Kyle Cumiskey scored the game-winning goal just nine seconds into overtime against Atlanta. After Paul Stastny won the opening faceoff in the extra session, Cumiskey skated up-ice, weaving through all four Atlanta defenders before making a quick move to beat Thrashers goaltender Johan Hedberg and give Colorado a 4-3 victory.

 

One Of Many For Andy – 4/18 vs. San Jose (38.46% in Week 27)
Craig Anderson put on a goaltending clinic in Game Three against San Jose, stopping all 51 shots he faced in Colorado’s 1-0 overtime victory. Here, Anderson first turned away a Ryane Clowe wrister and then kept his cool with a mad scramble in front of him, which included a Clowe follow-up attempt.

 










QUARTERFINAL 2: #4 Ryan Wilson vs. #12 Matt Duchene
Wilson's hits have been fan favorites in the Play of the Year voting. In this round, the No. 4 overall seed goes up against the first career tally by Duchene.

Wilson Crushes Oshie – 12/7 @ St. Louis (60.53% in Week 10)
After receiving a pass from Carlo Colaiacovo near the Avalanche blue line, T.J. Oshie looked to carry the puck into the offensive zone. However, Oshie was met by rookie defenseman Ryan Wilson, who threw a thundering hit on the St. Louis forward.

 

Duchene’s First Goal – 10/17 @ Detroit (45.43% in Week 3)
Matt Duchene netted his first NHL goal in a victory over Detroit. The rookie got the puck at the Avalanche’s blue line and made a quick move to work his way around Justin Abdelkader. Coming up the right wing, Duchene beat Chris Osgood with a shot from the top of the right circle.

 











QUARTERFINAL 3: #3 Wojtek Wolski vs. #6 Matt Duchene
Two of the highest-ranked plays in the tournament go head-to-head in this quarterfinal matchup.

Wolski Walks Around Flames – 10/28 @ Calgary (62.54% in Week 4)
With the Avs and Flames tied in the third period, Wojtek Wolski pulled out some late-game heroics. After taking a drop pass from Paul Stastny just inside the blue line, Wolski split two defenders and walked into the slot before firing the game-winner past Miikka Kiprusoff.

 

Playoff Bound – 4/6 @ Vancouver (57.32% in Week 25)
The stakes were simple when Matt Duchene picked up the puck at center ice and headed toward Vancouver netminder Roberto Luongo in the shootout. If the rookie scored, the Avs were headed to the playoffs. Duchene did just that, beating Luongo stick side to give Colorado its 12th playoff berth during its 14 years in Denver.

 











QUARTERFINAL 4: #10 Matt Hendricks vs. #15 Ryan Wilson
Hendricks' old-school shootout move takes on another Wilson hit in the last quarterfinal round matchup.

Hendricks Ends Marathon – 1/9 @ Buffalo (50.43% in Week 15)
Matt Hendricks dug deep into his bag of tricks, bringing out an old move he used back in high school to help the Avs top the Sabres in a shootout. As the tiebreaker stretched to an 11th round, Hendricks made a big shot fake – complete with a leg kick – to get Buffalo netminder Patrick Lalime down on his pads. From there, the forward went to his backhand to put home the shootout winner.

 
 

Wilson Levels Thompson – 1/6 vs. NY Islanders (45.06% in Week 14)
Ryan Wilson has gained a reputation for throwing big open ice hits during his rookie season and this play fit right into that mold. As Nate Thompson carried the puck up the left wing, Wilson lined up the Islanders forward and greeted him with a hard body check.

 

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