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Watch: Matt Duchene dangles and scores in Avalanche win

Jan 25, 2013, 12:41 AM EDT

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The Colorado Avalanche skated to a 4-0 win over the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets, thanks to a pair of goals from 22-year-old centre Matt Duchene.

But it was his second of the night that got folks on Twitter talking.

Gathering speed through the neutral zone, Duchene made a nifty move to the outside on Blue Jackets defenseman Nikita Nikitin, then slipped the puck between the legs of goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.

The absence of restricted free agent Ryan O’Reilly, who is still in contract negotiations with the Avalanche despite terminating his contract with the KHL’s Metallurg Magnitogorsk, has put pressure to score squarely on the shoulders of Duchene and teammate Paul Stastny, wrote Terry Frei of the Denver Post.

On Thursday, Duchene not only scored twice, he added an assist.

  1. polegojim - Jan 25, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    I’ve said for two years – they’ve misused and underused Duchene. The kid has ‘it’.

    That break through and shot was SICK!… and three points to boot!

    Loved the GRIT tonight – McLeod’s toughness seems to be contagious.

    Hopefully Duchene’s effort will do the same for their offensive power.

    V was awesome in goal.

    • lsxphotog - Jan 25, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      Varly was on fire. I couldn’t believe some of the saves he made. The one where he kept his pad on the left post to make multiple saves was crazy.

      Duchene is going to prove himself. He signed that short contract and is ready to step it up so he get a major league deal at the end. I can’t wait to see them this season.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 25, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    So underrated. This guy is filthy.

    • polegojim - Jan 25, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      Exactly… my struggle has always been with Sacco’s use of him… or non use.

  3. tru2joelu4eva - Jan 25, 2013 at 2:03 AM

  4. antkowiak666 - Jan 25, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Duchene is back baby!!

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