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Play Of The Year: Round 1, Session 1

by Colorado Avalanche / Colorado Avalanche
The time is here to vote for the Avalanche's 2010-11 "Play of the Year" via a bracket-style tournament. Each of the 27 weekly winners - as voted by Colorado's fans - are in the mix, along with five wildcards.

Cast your vote for each of the four match-ups below.

In the opening set of contests, we focus on the Patrick Division. Voting on this session ends Thursday, April 21 at 1:00 p.m. MT.

Click here for a PDF of the full bracket

MATCHUP 1: #1 David Jones vs. #32 Philippe Dupuis
The last goal of Colorado's season was apparently the most popular, as Jones' overtime winner against Edmonton in the season finale was the top vote-getter and earned the No. 1 overall seed. Jones goes up against Dupuis' breakaway goal, which is a wildcard entry from Feb. 11.

#1 Jones Caps Things Off – 4/10 vs. Edmonton (73.44% in Week 27)
David Jones closed out the Avalanche’s season and sent captain Adam Foote out as a winner when he netted an overtime goal against Edmonton. Jones went to his backhand to knock home the rebound of a Matt Duchene shot, setting a new franchise record in the process with his third OT tally of the season.

#32 Dupuis Breaks Away – 2/11 @ Columbus (34.38% in Week 19)
Philippe Dupuis’ defensive skills translated into offensive success against the team that originally drafted him, the Columbus Blue Jackets. After picking off an RJ Umberger pass in the neutral zone, Dupuis skated in on a breakaway and put a nicely placed wrist shot over the left shoulder of netminder Mathieu Garon.


MATCHUP 2: #17 Kevin Porter vs. #16 Matt Duchene

Porter's setup of a Milan Hejduk tally takes on Duchene's game-tying goal against the Detroit Red Wings for the right to potentially face the No. 1 overall seed during the second round of the tournament.

#17 Porter Sets Up Hejduk – 2/3 vs. Minnesota (45.02% in Week 17)
Kevin Porter made a nice passing play to draw the primary assist on Milan Hejduk’s first of two goals against the Wild. During a 2-on-1 rush, Porter threaded a feed by Minnesota defenseman Nick Schultz over to Hejduk, who deposited the puck past the outstretched left pad of Jose Theodore.

#16 Duchene Ties Another – 12/27 vs. Detroit (45.08% in Week 12)
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 point in an eventual 4-3 loss.


MATCHUP 3: #9 Mark Olver vs. # 24 Matt Duchene

The first career NHL goal from a rookie (Olver) goes up against the first career NHL slap shot tally from a sophomore (Duchene) in this first-round matchup.

#9 Olver’s First Goal – 3/17 @ Calgary (51.47% in Week 23)
Forward Mark Olver netted his first career NHL goal against the Flames. With the Avalanche down two goals, the rookie received a nice pass from linemate Matt Duchene and moved the puck to his backhand to gain a better angle before burying a shot past Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff.

#24 Duchene’s Blast – 2/12 @ Nashville (37.49% in Week 19)
Matt Duchene has many tricks in his bag, but on this play he broke out one that he rarely utilizes: a good old fashioned slap shot. Duchene took a feed from Brandon Yip at the blue line, skated into the left circle and unleashed a laser that eluded Nashville’s Pekka Rinne to give the Avs a 3-2 advantage.


MATCHUP 4: #25 David Jones vs. #8 Matt Duchene

Jones' second entry from the Patrick Division portion of the bracket takes on Duchene's third in the final opening-round matchup of the first session.

#25 Jones’ Spinning Backhand – 10/12 @ Detroit (35.76% in Week 1)
David Jones scored his second goal of the game on this creative move. Matt Duchene carried the puck into the offensive zone and dropped a pass to Brandon Yip at the right point. Yip then made a feed into the slot to Jones, who corralled the pass, spun to his right and put a low backhander past Jimmy Howard.

#8 A Soft Touch – 2/27 @ Anaheim (51.52% in Week 21)
Matt Duchene used his speed and soft touch to set up a Kevin Porter goal against Anaheim. Duchene was the first to catch up with the puck in the right corner following a Jonas Holos dump-in. The Avalanche center then made a quick touch pass over to Porter, who deposited it behind Anaheim goalie Dan Ellis.


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