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Avalanche Play Of The Week: Oct. 29-Nov. 4

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."

Goals from Paul Stastny and David Van Der Gulik and a save from Peter Budaj are this week's nominees.

Voting ends on Monday, Nov. 8 at 3:00 p.m. MT, so be sure to cast your ballot today!

Stastny’s Diving Tally – 10/30 vs. Columbus
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.

Budaj’s Quick Glove – 10/30 vs. Columbus
The Avalanche was leading the Blue Jackets by a 4-0 score when Columbus forward Rick Nash picked rookie Jonas Holos’ pocket and skated in on a breakaway against Peter Budaj. Nash went forehand-to-backhand, but the netminder flashed some leather and stopped the Blue Jackets’ superstar with a glove save.

Van Der Gulik’s First – 11/4 vs. Vancouver
The Avs’ biggest highlight in a 3-1 loss to the Canucks came late in the game, when David Van Der Gulik recorded his first career NHL goal. After being taken down in front of the Vancouver crease by Ryan Kesler (leading to a delayed penalty call), Van Der Gulik stuck with the play and got off two backhand attempts. The second of his two shots – which came while the forward was on his knees – eluded Canucks netminder Cory Schneider.

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