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Avalanche Play Of The Week: Dec. 24-30

by Colorado Avalanche / Colorado Avalanche is again asking for your help in determining the Avalanche's "Play of the Week" each week during the regular season. At the end of the year, a bracket-style tournament will be held to determine, via fan voting, the Avalanche's "Play of the Year."

Peter Budaj, Matt Duchene and Milan Hejduk are this week's nominees.

Voting ends on Monday, Jan. 3 at 3:00 p.m. MT, so be sure to cast your ballot today!

Budaj Stops Kronwall – 12/27 vs. Detroit
The Avalanche and Red Wings were tied at 2-2 just over eight minutes into the second period when Detroit got this golden opportunity on the power play. Johan Franzen made a nice pass from the right circle through traffic  and over to Niklas Kronwall, who was at the edge of the left circle. Kronwall quickly put a shot on goal, but netminder Peter Budaj quickly slid from left to right and made a big pad save to keep the game even.

Duchene Ties Another – 12/27 vs. Detroit
Matt Duchene has been showing a flair for the dramatic recently, scoring a handful of big goals in key situations. It was no different against Detroit, as Duchene fired a shot past Chris Osgood with 2:36 remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime and help the Avalanche gain a crucial point in an eventual 4-3 loss.

Hejduk’s Shootout Winner – 12/30 @ Edmonton
The reliable veteran was once again called upon when the Avs and Oilers headed to a shootout, and not surprisingly, he came through. Hejduk skated straight in and beat Edmonton goalie Devan Dubnyk with a wrist shot to the glove side – a tally that proved to be the shootout’s only goal.

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