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The Avalanche's "Play of the Year" tournament continues with second-round action in the Adams and Norris Divisions. Voting on this session ends Monday, May 24 at 12:00 p.m. MT.
Be sure to cast your vote for each of the four match-ups below.
Round 2, Session 1 Winners: #1 Cumiskey Quick In OT (87.29%) defeats #17 Stewart's Give-And-Go (12.71%) #24 One Of Many For Andy (69.23%) defeats #25 Mueller Scores In Debut (30.77%) #12 Duchene's First Goal (58.57%) defeats #5 Galiardi's Second Effort (41.43%) #4 Wilson Crushes Oshie (61.22%) defeats #13 Duchene Goes 1-on-3 (38.78%) Click here for a PDF of the full bracket
MATCHUP 21: #3 Wojtek Wolski vs. #19 Ryan Wilson The former Avalanche forward beat out a Cody McLeod one-timer in the first round, while Wilson's first NHL goal got past a late tally by T.J. Galiardi.
Wolski Walks Around Flames – 10/28 @ Calgary (62.54% in Week 4) With the Avs and Flames tied in the third period, Wojtek Wolski pulled out some late-game heroics. After taking a drop pass from Paul Stastny just inside the blue line, Wolski split two defenders and walked into the slot before firing the game-winner past Miikka Kiprusoff.
Wilson’s First Goal – 11/17 @ Calgary (40.63% in Week 7) Following a nice display of cycling behind the Calgary net and a scramble just outside Miikka Kiprusoff’s crease, defenseman Ryan Wilson spotted a loose puck, pinched in and threw a backhander into the net for his first career NHL goal.
MATCHUP 22: #6 Matt Duchene vs. #22 Kyle Quincey Two fan favorites go head-to-head in the second round, with Duchene's playoff-clinching shootout tally facing off against Quincey's huge hit on Steven Stamkos.
Playoff Bound – 4/6 @ Vancouver (57.32% in Week 25) The stakes were simple when Matt Duchene picked up the puck at center ice and headed toward Vancouver netminder Roberto Luongo in the shootout. If the rookie scored, the Avs were headed to the playoffs. Duchene did just that, beating Luongo stick side to give Colorado its 12th playoff berth during its 14 years in Denver.
Quincey Flips Stamkos – 11/30 @ Tampa Bay (39.76% in Week 9) Defenseman Kyle Quincey sent Lightning forward Steven Stamkos flying end-over-end into his own bench with this hip check. As if the hit itself wasn’t big enough, the Lightning also received a penalty for too many men on the ice because Stamkos jumped back into the play even though a teammate had already hopped on to replace him.
MATCHUP 23: #10 Matt Hendricks vs. #26 Craig Anderson Hendricks beat out a Chris Stewart play in the opening round, while Anderson pulled off an upset over a Peter Mueller tally set up by Matt Duchene.
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.
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 24: #15 Ryan Wilson vs. #31 David Jones Another hit by Wilson - one of three body checks remaining in the competition - goes up against a David Jones short-handed tally. Jones' goal beat out the No. 2 seed in the first round, which just happened to be another Jones shorty.
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.
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.