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Play Of The Year: Round 2, Session 2

by Colorado Avalanche / Colorado Avalanche
Second round action in's "Play of the Year" competition continues this week.

Cast your vote for each of the four match-ups below. Voting on this session ends Monday, May 9 at 1:00 p.m. MT.

Round 2, Session 1 Winners:
#1 Jones Caps Things Off (58.87%) defeats #16 Duchene Ties Another (41.13%)
#25 Jones' Spinning Backhand (58.82%) defeats #9 Olver's First Goal (41.18%)
#28 Dutchy Ends Give-And-Go (66.68%) defeats #12 Johnson's Big Tally (33.32%)
#29 Hejduk's Shootout Winner (72.41%) defeats #13 Budaj Comes Up Big (27.59%)

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MATCHUP 21: #3 Matt Duchene vs. #14 Ryan O'Reilly
Colorado's two second-year centers go up against each other in this second-round matchup. Duchene's play beat a Kevin Porter shootout goal in the opening round, while O'Reilly's tally topped a Daniel Winnik pass that set up a David Jones goal.

#3 Duchene Downs Sens – 12/17 vs. Ottawa (58.60% in Week 11)
Matt Duchene’s first career overtime goal gave Colorado a 6-5 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Duchene worked a give-and-go with linemate Tomas Fleischmann and received the return pass in the neutral zone before speeding down the ice and sending a wrist shot past goalie Brian Elliott from the lower left circle.

#14 O’Reilly Leads The Way – 4/1 @ Phoenix (46.34% in Week 26)
Ryan O’Reilly put the team on his back against Phoenix, scoring the game-tying goal late in regulation and then netting the shootout winner. On his shootout attempt, O’Reilly picked up speed and came straight at Phoenix goalie Ilya Bryzgalov before snapping a shot between the netminder’s legs.


MATCHUP 22: #11 Paul Stastny vs. #27 Matt Duchene

Stastny put forth a strong individual effort on his tally, which beat out a Brandon Yip wraparound goal in the opening round. Duchene's game-winning goal pulled off an upset over a tic-tac-toe passing play in round one.

#11 Stastny’s Diving Tally – 10/30 vs. Columbus (49.44% in Week 4)
Just 44 seconds after David Liffiton gave the Avalanche a 3-0 lead over Columbus with his first NHL goal, Paul Stastny added to the cushion on a strong individual effort. Stastny received a pass from Chris Stewart behind the Blue Jackets’ net and circled around in front, where he was met by defenseman Kris Russell. Even though Columbus Russell took out his legs, Stastny was able to toss a backhander past Steve Mason for his fifth goal of the season.

#27 Duchene Caps Comeback – 12/13 vs. Chicago (34.50% in Week 10)
Exactly one minute after Tomas Fleischmann tied the Avs with the Blackhawks at 5-5 late in the third period, Matt Duchene scored the eventual game-winning goal. Fleischmann set up the play by first stealing a Brent Seabrook pass behind the Chicago goal and skating to the bottom of the right circle. Duchene snaked his way between a pair of Chicago defenders and buried a pass from Fleischmann to cap Colorado’s comeback.


MATCHUP 23: #7 Matt Duchene vs. #10 Milan Hejduk

One of six plays by Duchene to make it to the second round takes on a Hejduk game-tying goal that came against the New York Islanders.

#27 Duchene Gets Another – 11/30 vs. Atlanta (52.50% in Week 8)
After being denied by Dustin Byfuglien’s back-check on his first entrance into the offensive zone, Matt Duchene quickly made up for it. Just seconds later, the center found a loose puck at the blueline, raced back into the zone and used his speed to get the angle on Atlanta defenseman Tobias Enstrom. From there, Duchene scored his fourth goal in as many games by beating Ondrej Pavelec with a low shot.

#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.


MATCHUP 24: #15 David Jones vs. #31 Matt Duchene

An overtime winner by Jones against Buffalo beat out a shootout tally by Ryan Stoa in the first round. Meanwhile, Duchene's goal (a wildcard entry) took down a Kevin Porter tally that was the No. 2 overall seed in the tournament.

#15 Jones Ends It In OT – 1/4 vs Buffalo (46.21% in Week 13)
David Jones 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.

#31 Duchene Capitalizes – 3/28 @ Anaheim (35.29% in Week 25)
Matt Duchene 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.


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