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With first round action in the Avalanche's "Play of the Year" competition now complete, we head back to the Patrick and Smythe Divisions to begin the second round. Voting on this session ends Thursday, May 7 at 12:00 p.m. MT.
Be sure to cast your vote for each of the four match-ups below.
MATCH-UP 1: #1 Wojtek Wolski vs. #17 Wojtek Wolski Wolski's shootout goal against the Wild - the top overall seed in the tournament - takes on a Wolski tally against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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.
Wolski Dazzles Pens – 1/10 vs. Pittsburgh (47.44% in Week 14) Wojtek Wolski broke a 2-2 tie with the Penguins when he made a pass to Ryan Smyth, skated into the Pittsburgh zone, took a return feed and beat Dany Sabourin over his left shoulder. The goal, which came midway through the second period, was Wolski’s 11th of the season.
MATCH-UP 2: #24 Milan Hejduk vs. #25 Paul Stastny Plays from Hejduk and Stastny both pulled off big upsets in the first round. Which one will advance when they go head-to-head?
Hejduk Snaps It In – 3/25 vs. Anaheim (40.32% in Week 24) With the Avalanche on a power play, Milan Hejduk deposited a shot past Anaheim netminder Jonas Hiller from the top of the left faceoff circle. The goal was Hejduk’s 26th of the season, tying him with Ryan Smyth for the team lead.
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 3: #28 Marek Svatos vs. #21 Peter Budaj Another pair of upset specials square off in the second round, with Svatos' goal against Calgary going up against an old school "stacking the pads" moves from Budaj.
Svatos Gets Past Phaneuf – 2/2 vs. Calgary (36.97% in Week 17) Marek Svatos scored his second goal of the game against Calgary, showing off his speed and knack for finding open areas on the ice. With Cody McLeod streaking up the left wing, Svatos hopped around defenseman Dion Phaneuf to get inside position and knocked home a feed from his linemate after barreling toward the net.
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.
MATCH-UP 4: #20 Wolski, Stewart vs. #29 Peter Budaj As you can see, upsets were the story during the first two sessions of Round 1. Here, a Chris Stewart goal set up by Wojtek Wolski takes on another Budaj save.
Wolski, Stewart Connect – 2/7 vs. St. Louis (44.58% in Week 18) Ryan Smyth started this play by intercepting a Tyson Strachan outlet pass and gaining the offensive zone before giving up the puck to Wojtek Wolski in the left circle. Wolski made a no-look backhand feed to Chris Stewart, who was cutting toward the net. Stewart completed the play by beating Chris Mason to give the Avs a 1-0 lead.
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.