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Play of the Year Quarterfinals

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Only eight plays remain in the hunt in's "Play of the Year" tournament. Quarterfinal action runs through Monday, May 18 at 12:00 p.m. MT, so cast your vote for each of the four match-ups today.

Round 2, Session 2 Winners:
#3 Smyth Dangles (68.70%) defeats #19 Budaj's Stop on Primeau (31.30%)
#22 Lappy Runs Over Downey (53.66%) defeats #6 Budaj Denies Kane (46.34%)
#10 Budaj Robs Roenick (61.90%) defeats #26 Hejduk Breaks Free (38.10%)
#2 Budaj Robs H. Sedin (52.04%) defeats #18 Jones Goes Airborne (47.96%)

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MATCH-UP 1: #1 Wojtek Wolski vs. #25 Paul Stastny
Can Wolski's shootout goal against the Wild, the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, continue its run? The play faces some stiff competition in the form of a Stastny tally.

Wolski Bests Backstrom - 3/12 vs. Minnesota (65.97% in Week 22)
Wojtek Wolski continued his shootout magic, netting the game-winner in the Avs’ 2-1 victory over the Wild. Wolski baited Niklas Backstrom out of the net and actually faked two shots before sailing an attempt over the Minnesota netminder.


Stastny Cuts In – 3/14 @ Edmonton (38.92% in Week 23)
Paul Stastny put the Avs ahead of the Oilers early in the third period with this power-play goal. After gaining the puck at the blue line and avoiding a Denis Grebeshkov hip check, Stastny cut toward the middle and beat Dwayne Roloson with a well-placed wrister.


MATCH-UP 2: #21 Peter Budaj vs. #29 Peter Budaj
A pair of stops by Budaj go toe-to-toe in this match-up. Four plays from the netminder are among the eight quarterfinalists.

Budaj Hugs the Post – 4/11 vs. Vancouver (44.39% in Week 27)
Peter Budaj clung to his goal post to keep the Canucks off the scoreboard in the third period of an April 11 matchup. Budaj made a nice save on an Alex Burrows wraparound attempt and also foiled Burrrows’ rebound chance by stacking his pads.


Budaj’s Breakaway Stop – 3/14 @ Edmonton (36.86% in Week 23)
Edmonton’s Ales Hemsky found himself in a one-on-one battle with Peter Budaj after receiving a long outlet feed from Denis Grebeshkov. However, Budaj was up to the test, stretching out his right pad to stop the Oiler forward on a breakaway attempt.


MATCH-UP 3: #3 Ryan Smyth vs. #22 Ian Laperriere
Laperriere's hit has already taken out the No. 11 and No. 6 overall seeds. How will it fare when it goes up against Smyth's highlight-reel goal?

Smyth Dangles – 10/20 at Los Angeles (60.50% in Week 2)
Smyth scored his second goal of the game against the Kings by deftly stickhandling past rookie defenseman Drew Doughty and cutting toward the net before flipping a backhander past Jason LaBarbera while falling to the ice.


Lappy Runs Over Downey – 3/4 vs. Detroit (42.46% in Week 21)
Midway through the first period, Avalanche assistant captain Ian Laperriere threw a big hit on Detroit’s Aaron Downey. While Downey had his head down looking for the puck along the side wall, Laperriere charged in and laid out a clean, hard hit.


MATCH-UP 4: #10 Peter Budaj vs. #2 Peter Budaj
Another set of Budaj plays square off in the quarterfinals. Which stop by the netminder will be selected to advance?

Budaj Robs Roenick – 4/7 @ San Jose (51.11% in Week 26)
With just under a minute remaining in regulation and the game still scoreless, Peter Budaj made a big stop on San Jose’s Jeremy Roenick. On a Sharks’ power play, Roenick found himself all alone in front of the Colorado goal. However, Budaj was able to stop the point-blank attempt to send the game to overtime.


Budaj Robs H. Sedin – 11/12 at Vancouver (62.96% in Week 5)
The Sedin twins teamed up in an attempt to foil Peter Budaj, but the goaltender was up to the task. Daniel made a feed to an open Henrik, who was stationed to Budaj’s left with a seemingly open net. Budaj quickly moved side-to-side and robbed the Canucks of a goal by getting a glove on Henrik’s attempt.


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