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Following five weeks of competition that included 30 individual matchups and thousands of votes from Colorado's fans, we're down to the final two plays in the Avalanche's "Play of the Year" competition.
Semifinal Results: #1 Cumiskey Quick In OT (75.82%) defeats #4 Wilson Crushes Oshie (24.18%) #10 Hendricks Ends Marathon (74.01%) defeats #6 Playoff Bound (25.99%)
Play of the Year Finals: #1 Kyle Cumiskey vs. #10 Matt Hendricks Cumiskey's tally was the top-rated play in the competition and has cruised to a spot in the finals. Meanwhile, Hendricks' shootout tally won a few early matchups handily before upsetting a Matt Duchene shootout goal in the semifinals.
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.
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.