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Play Of The Year: Round 2, Session 1

by Colorado Avalanche / Colorado Avalanche
With the opening round of's "Play of the Year" competition now in the books, second-round action now begins.

Cast your vote for each of the four match-ups below. Voting on this session ends Thursday, May 5 at 1:00 p.m. MT.

Round 1, Session 4 Winners:
#7 Duchene Gets Another (84.44%) defeats #26 A Quick Recovery (15.56%)
#10 Hejduk's Late Tally (82.61%) defeats #23 Setting Things Up (17.39%)
#15 Jones Ends It In OT (62.26%) defeats #18 Stoa's SO Winner (36.74%)
#31 Duchene Capitalizes (54.17%) defeats #2 Porter Wins It (45.83%)

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MATCHUP 17: #1 David Jones vs. #16 Matt Duchene
Jones' goal - the Avalanche's final tally of the 2010-11 season - goes up against one of six Duchene tallies that made it into the second round of the competition.

#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.

#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 crucial point in an eventual 4-3 loss.


MATCHUP 18: #9 Mark Olver vs. #25 David Jones

Olver's first NHL goal takes on Jones' creative tally. Jones has three different plays that made it to the second round of the competition.

#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.

#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.


MATCHUP 19: #28 Matt Duchene vs. #12 Erik Johnson

Duchene's goal is a wildcard entry that pulled off a big upset over the No. 5 overall seed in the opening round. Johnson's goal against his former team beat out a Jonas Holos body check, which was the only hit in this year's competition.

#28 Dutchy Finishes Give-And-Go – 1/10 vs Detroit (40.49% in Week 14)
Matt Duchene netted his second goal of the night following a nice give-and-go with Tomas Fleischmann. The sophomore out-muscled Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg for a loose puck at the red line and went on a 2-on-1 with Fleischmann. After taking a pass from Duchene, Fleischmann sent it right back to his linemate for the tally.

#12 Johnson’s Big Tally – 2/22 @ St. Louis (46.90% in Week 20)
Only days after being acquired from the Blues in a trade, new Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson was back in St. Louis, playing against his old team. Johnson scored his first goal as an Av, netting the go-ahead tally at the 14:54 mark of the third period. With St. Louis forward BJ Crombeen draped all over him, the defenseman grabbed a loose puck and fired a wrister from the top of the left circle that found the back of net.


MATCHUP 20: #13 Peter Budaj vs. #29 Milan Hejduk

Budaj's play is the only effort by a netminder remaining in the competition. Hejduk's shootout winner beat out a Philippe Dupuis short-handed goal in the first round, which was the No. 4 overall seed.

#13 Budaj Comes Up Big – 2/9 @ Minnesota (46.60% in Week 18)
After coming on in relief of Craig Anderson, Peter Budaj stopped all seven shots the Wild threw his way. This sequence was the most impressive, as the netminder kept the Avalanche within a goal by first stopping a Mikko Koivu tip before moving left-to-right to get his blocker on Matt Cullen’s follow-up attempt.

#29 Hejduk’s Shootout Winner – 12/30 @ Edmonton (38.53% in Week 12)
The reliable veteran was once again called upon when the Avs and Oilers headed to a shootout, and not surprisingly, he came through. Hejduk skated straight in and beat Edmonton goalie Devan Dubnyk with a wrist shot to the glove side – a tally that proved to be the shootout’s only goal.


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