ColoradoAvalanche.com's "Play of the Year" competition continues with opening-round action. 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 third session of round one, we focus on the Norris Division. Voting on this session ends Monday, May 2 at 1:00 p.m. MT. Round 1, Session 3 Winners:
#3 Duchene Downs Sens (84.88%) defeats #30 Porter Converts In SO (15.12%)
#14 O'Reilly Leads The Way (75.48%) defeats #19 Winnik To Jones (24.52%)
#11 Stastny's Diving Tally (80.10%) defeats #22 Yip's Wraparound (19.90%)
#27 Duchene Caps Comeback (52.38%) defeats #6 Tic-Tac-Toe Passing (47.62%)
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MATCHUP 13: #15 David Jones vs. #18 Ryan Stoa
One of Jones' three overtime winners in this year's competition takes on Stoa's first career shootout goal.
#15 Jones Ends It In OT – 1/4 vs Buffalo (46.21% in Week 13)
played the role of hero against Buffalo when he netted his first career overtime goal. Tomas Fleischmann took a pass from Ryan Wilson
at the blue line, carried the puck into the zone and baited defenseman Shaone Morrisonn into dropping to the ice. Fleischmann then skated around the prone blueliner and fed Jones, who one-timed it past Ryan Miller for the game-winning goal. #18 Stoa’s Shootout Winner – 3/19 @ Edmonton (44.56% in Week 24)
snapped the Avalanche’s winless skid by scoring the lone shootout goal against the Oilers. Lining up for his first career attempt following four unsuccessful shots by Edmonton and three by the Avs, Stoa made a quick shot fake and moved to his backhand before putting home the winner.
MATCHUP 15: #10 Milan Hejduk vs. #23 Kevin Shattenkirk
Hejduk's late goal that forced overtime against the New York Islanders battles a Shattenkirk pass that set up another goal by Hejduk.
#10 Hejduk’s Late Tally – 1/8 vs. NY Islanders (49.44% in Week 14)
Time was winding down in regulation and the Avs were trailing the Islanders by a goal when Milan Hejduk
found a rebound and used a backhander to beat New York netminder Kevin Poulin with four seconds left. He became the first Av to score a tying goal that late in regulation since Joe Sakic scored with one second left to force OT on Feb. 21, 1997 at Edmonton.
#23 Setting Things Up – 11/20 @ Dallas (39.92% in Week 7)
Rookie Kevin Shattenkirk showed off his vision against the Stars, setting up veteran Milan Hejduk
for a pair of nearly identical power-play goals. On this play, the first of the two Shattenkirk/Hejduk connections, the rookie threaded a pass from the top of the left circle down to Hejduk, who tapped it past Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen.
MATCHUP 16: #2 Kevin Porter vs. #31 Matt Duchene
Porter's overtime goal is the No. 2 overall seed in the tournament, while Duchene's tally against Anaheim is a wildcard entry. These two players also head plays go head-to-head earlier in the first round, with Duchene winning that matchup handily.#2 Porter Wins It – 11/17 vs. San Jose (64.46% in Week 6)
capped off the Avalanche’s comeback against San Jose with this overtime goal. After breaking free from Sharks defenseman Kent Huskins during the extra session, Porter raced in on a semi-breakaway and beat Antero Niittymaki with a low shot even though he was being hauled down to the ice.
#31 Duchene Capitalizes – 3/28 @ Anaheim (35.29% in Week 25)
started and finished Colorado’s second goal against the Anaheim Ducks. The sophomore used a nice move to slip around Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf just inside the blue line before sending a pass over to Milan Hejduk
in the slot. Hejduk’s shot attempt was turned aside, but Duchene was in prime position to bury the rebound for his 27th goal of the season.