MATCHUP 1: #1 Kyle Cumiskey vs. #32 Matt Duchene Cumiskey's goal nine seconds into overtime against Atlanta (the top overall seed in the tournament) goes up against a wildcard entry by Matt Duchene, where the rookie knocked the puck out of mid-air to secure his second goal of the game against Tampa Bay.
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.
Duchene’s Mid-Air Tip – 11/30 @ Tampa Bay (35.54% in Week 9) Matt Duchene’s power-play goal in the second period – his second tally of the game – gave Colorado a 2-0 cushion against Tampa Bay. Heading toward the net, Duchene attempted one shot that was stopped by Antero Niittymaki. Sticking with the play, the rookie knocked home his own rebound out of mid-air.
MATCHUP 2: #16 Peter Budaj vs. #17 Chris Stewart A series of stops by netminder Peter Budaj goes up against a nice give-and-go between Avalanche assistant captain Paul Stastny and his linemate Chris Stewart.
Budaj Plays Big Late – 12/26 vs. Dallas (43.46% in Week 13) The Avalanche led the Stars late during their first contest after the holiday break, and Peter Budaj made sure it stayed that way. With under three minutes remaining and the Avs holding a two-goal lead Budaj made four consecutive saves, including left pad saves on a backhand attempt by Mike Modano and a forehand rebound by Jamie Benn, to maintain his team’s advantage.
Stewart’s Give-And-Go – 12/13 vs. Calgary (43.05% in Week 11) After Wojtek Wolski had his shot stopped by Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, the forward gathered the puck and sent a cross-ice feed to Chris Stewart just outside the goal crease. Stewart then made a quick pass to a cutting Paul Stastny, who flipped it right back. Stewart’s first shot was stopped, but he buried his own rebound for his seventh goal of the season.
MATCHUP 3: #9 Craig Anderson vs. #24 Craig Anderson Netminder Craig Anderson made the "Play of the Year" list three times, and two of those plays are squaring off in the opening round.
Anderson’s Late Stand – 3/14 @ Dallas (52.35% in Week 22) With Colorado up on Dallas by a 5-3 score late in the game and the Stars on a power play, Craig Anderson came up with a succession of stops – including a defiant glove save at the end – to help preserve the Avalanche victory.
One Of Many For Andy – 4/18 vs. San Jose (38.46% in Week 27) Craig Anderson put on a goaltending clinic in Game Three against San Jose, stopping all 51 shots he faced in Colorado’s 1-0 overtime victory. Here, Anderson first turned away a Ryane Clowe wrister and then kept his cool with a mad scramble in front of him, which included a Clowe follow-up attempt.
MATCHUP 4: #8 Kyle Cumiskey vs. #25 Peter Mueller Mueller's first goal with the Avalanche tries to pull off an upset over Cumiskey's tally against Edmonton, which was part of the defenseman's first career multi-goal game.
Cumiskey’s First Of Two – 1/18 vs. Edmonton (54.62% in Week 16) Kyle Cumiskey recorded his first career multi-goal effort against the Oilers. On this play, the defenseman picked up the puck at center ice and raced into the offensive zone before backhanding a pass over to Paul Stastny. Stastny made a quick return feed to Cumiskey, who tapped it in for his first goal of the evening.
Mueller Scores In Debut – 3/4 @ Anaheim (37.88% in Week 20) Acquired in a trade with the Phoenix Coyotes just hours earlier, Peter Mueller scored his first Avalanche goal against the Anaheim Ducks. With the Avs applying pressure on a power play, John-Michael Liles kept the play alive by sprawling out to keep the puck in the zone at the blue line. It ended up on the stick of Mueller, who threw a wrister on net from the left point that deflected off Anaheim defenseman James Wisniewski and past netminder Jonas Hiller.