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The first round of the Avalanche's "Play of the Year" voting comes to an end this session, with eight plays battling it out in the Norris Division. Voting on this session ends on Monday, May 17 at 12:00 p.m. MT.
Be sure to cast your vote for each of the four matchups below.
Round 1, Session 3 Winners: #3 Wolski Walks Around Flames (57.85%) defeats #30 McLeod's One-Timer (42.15%) #19 Wilson's First Goal (55.17%) defeats #14 Galiardi Gets Another (44.83%) #22 Quincey Flips Stamkos (52.24%) defeats # 11 Stewart Completes Hat Trick (47.76%) #6 Playoff Bound (88.57%) defeats #27 Wolski Finishes Tic-Tac-Toe (11.43%)
MATCHUP 13: #7 Peter Mueller vs. #26 Craig Anderson A tally by Peter Mueller (set up by Matt Duchene) late in the campaign goes up against a Craig Anderson stop on Joe Thornton from early in the season.
Duchene To Mueller – 3/28 @ San Jose (54.84% in Week 24) With the Avalanche holding a man-advantage, Chris Stewart worked his way behind the net before handing the puck off to Matt Duchene. After the rookie made a move to elude a San Jose defender, he walked toward the net and found a cutting Peter Mueller for a power-play tally.
Anderson Robs Thornton – 10/30 @ San Jose (37.41% in Week 5) Craig Anderson came up with this big first-period save on San Jose’s Joe Thornton to keep the game scoreless. With the Sharks on a power play, Dany Heatley made a quick pass to Thornton, who was situated to Anderson’s left. The center threw a hard wrister at the net, but Anderson quickly moved across his crease and made a strong glove save.
MATCHUP 14: #10 Matt Hendricks vs. #23 Chris Stewart Matt Hendricks' 11th-round shootout winner against Buffalo goes up against a Chris Stewart game-winning goal in the Western Conference Quarterfinals at San Jose.
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.
Stewart Gets A Bounce – 4/14 @ San Jose (38.49% in Week 26) Being both good and a little lucky is a dangerous combination for the opposition. With the Sharks and Avs tied at 1-1 late in the third period, the T.J. Galiardi-Paul Stastny-Chris Stewart line had a great shift cycling the puck deep in San Jose’s zone. It ended with 49.3 seconds left when Stewart threw the puck at the goal from the right corner and it caromed off Rob Blake’s skate and into the net to give the Avalanche a 2-1 victory.
MATCHUP 15: #15 Ryan Wilson vs. #18 Ryan O'Reilly Two Ryans go toe-to-toe, with one of Wilson's crushing hits facing off against O'Reilly's first career NHL goal.
Wilson Levels Thompson – 1/6 vs. NY Islanders (45.06% in Week 14) Ryan Wilson has gained a reputation for throwing big open ice hits during his rookie season and this play fit right into that mold. As Nate Thompson carried the puck up the left wing, Wilson lined up the Islanders forward and greeted him with a hard body check.
O’Reilly’s First NHL Tally – Oct. 15 @ Montreal (42.93% in Week 2) Ryan O’Reilly’s first NHL goal couldn’t have come at a better time. With the Avs and Canadiens tied 2-2 in the third period, the rookie took a centering feed from David Jones and threw a shot on net that was stopped by Montreal netminder Carey Price. O’Reilly stuck with the play, picked up his own rebound and deposited it past Price for the game-winning goal.
MATCHUP 16: #2 David Jones vs. #31 T.J. Galiardi Two David Jones short-handed efforts go head-to-head. Jones' second shorty of the season is the No. 2 overall seed in the Play of the Year tournament. His first short-handed goal, which was set up by a tremendous individual effort along the boards from T.J. Galiardi, is a wildcard entry.
Jones’ Second Shorty – 11/6 vs. Chicago (63.76% in Week 6) David Jones’ second short-handed goal of the season gave the Avs a big lift in their 4-3 shootout win over Chicago. Collecting the puck inside the Avalanche’s defensive zone, Jones raced up the left wing and held off Chicago’s Dustin Byfuglien before chipping a backhander past Antti Niemi.
Galiardi Springs Jones – Oct. 12 @ Boston (36.55% in Week 2) After gathering the puck in front of Boston’s bench, rookie T.J. Galiardi drew the attention of three Bruins. Somehow, the forward managed to get away from the crowd and made a centering pass to David Jones. Playing in his first game of the season, Jones skated in all alone against netminder Tuukka Rask and netted a short-handed tally.