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Play Of The Year: Semifinals

The Final Four Plays Battle It Out In The Play Of The Year Competition

Monday, 05.16.2011 / 1:04 PM MT / Features
By Colorado Avalanche
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Play Of The Year: Semifinals's "Play of the Year" competition continues this week with semifinal action. Only four plays remain in the tournament, which is being decided entirely by fan voting.

Cast your vote for each of the match-ups below. Voting on this session ends Monday, May 23 at 1:00 p.m. MT.

Quarterfinal Round Winners:
#1 Jones Caps Things Off (57.34%) defeats #25 Jones' Spinning Backhand (42.66%)
#28 Dutchy Ends Give-And-Go (61.97%) defeats #29 Hejduk's Shootout Winner (38.03%)
#11 Stastny's Diving Tally (60.53%) defeats #3 Duchene Downs Sens (39.47%)
#15 Jones Ends It In OT (51.81%) defeats #10 Hejduk's Late Tally (48.19%)

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Semifinal 1: #1 David Jones vs. #28 Matt Duchene
The No. 1 overall seed in the tournament goes head-to-head with the lowest remaining seed in the first semifinal matchup.

#1 Jones Caps Things Off – 4/10 vs. Edmonton (73.44% in Week 27)
David Jones closed out the Avalanche’s season and sent captain Adam Foote out as a winner when he netted an overtime goal against Edmonton. Jones went to his backhand to knock home the rebound of a Matt Duchene shot, setting a new franchise record in the process with his third OT tally of the season.

#28 Dutchy Finishes Give-And-Go – 1/10 vs Detroit (40.49% in Week 14)
Matt Duchene netted his second goal of the night following a nice give-and-go with Tomas Fleischmann. The sophomore out-muscled Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg for a loose puck at the red line and went on a 2-on-1 with Fleischmann. After taking a pass from Duchene, Fleischmann sent it right back to his linemate for the tally.


Semifinal 2: #11 Paul Stastny vs. #15 David Jones

Stastny's diving tally takes on the second of two overtime winners by Jones in the semifinal round.

#11 Stastny’s Diving Tally – 10/30 vs. Columbus (49.44% in Week 4)
Just 44 seconds after David Liffiton gave the Avalanche a 3-0 lead over Columbus with his first NHL goal, Paul Stastny added to the cushion on a strong individual effort. Stastny received a pass from Chris Stewart behind the Blue Jackets’ net and circled around in front, where he was met by defenseman Kris Russell. Even though Columbus Russell took out his legs, Stastny was able to toss a backhander past Steve Mason for his fifth goal of the season.

#15 Jones Ends It In OT – 1/4 vs Buffalo (46.21% in Week 13)
David Jones played the role of hero against Buffalo when he netted his first career overtime goal. Tomas Fleischmann took a pass from Ryan Wilson at the blue line, carried the puck into the zone and baited defenseman Shaone Morrisonn into dropping to the ice. Fleischmann then skated around the prone blueliner and fed Jones, who one-timed it past Ryan Miller for the game-winning goal.


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