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Duchene: Avs loss to Iginla-less Flames ‘a joke’

Mar 28, 2013, 10:44 AM EDT

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Although the it’s not getting much attention in Calgary because of something else that happened last night, the Flames’ match against Colorado got under the skin of Avalanche forward Matt Duchene and defenseman Erik Johnson.

Even with Jarome Iginla being listed as a healthy scratch in the lead-up to his trade, Calgary still managed to take a 2-0 lead in the first period that was the catalyst for its eventual 4-3 victory over Colorado.

“It’s a joke. It’s embarrassing,” Duchene said in a Denver Post report. “We put ourselves being the 8-ball every night, every single night. Enough is enough.

“I don’t know what’s going on. It’s a joke . . . They get in at 3 in the morning (today) after a loss and they want it more than us. It just can’t be that way. We played well the next 40 but we lost by a goal because we allowed two early ones.”

Avalanche coach Joe Sacco said that his team has addressed their first period shortcomings and “try not to make a major issue” so that it doesn’t consume them. However, Johnson, like Duchene seemed beyond frustrated after last night’s loss.

“I don’t know how many more times we can talk about having poor starts and not being ready to play in the first period. We’re sick and tired of it, but it’s up to us to change it,” Johnson said.

Johnson added that they’ve talked about it enough but ultimately “talk is cheap.”

The Avalanche are dead last in the Western Conference with a 11-17-4 record. Even if they win all of their remaining contests, the best they could manage is 58 points this season.

  1. misterchainbluelightning - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Avs are a joke, their front office is a joke, every fan who wasn’t a Nords fan to begin with is a joke.

    Avs stink

    • govtminion - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      Ahhhhh, see you had me agreeing until that last part. I like to think that Avs fans are pretty good hockey fans, if a little snakebit by having such crappy ownership in charge. It’s hard to say we didn’t get a bit spoiled by getting a Cup in that first season, but I hardly think it’s fair to call the fanbase ‘jokes’.

      • misterchainbluelightning - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        They ain’t good hockey fans, they were delivered a winner that they never had to suffer for years watching while being built. Then they stopped watching when they stopped winning. Colorado is a joke too.

        Oh no snakebit are they? Ill call them snakebit by ownership when they relocate.

        What a joke

        (Im guessing you didn’t catch on to me referring to everything as a joke ala Duchene huh?)

  2. tfaltin - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Tons of young forward talent, young goalie, young defense. Seth Jones is exactly what they need. If they keep the core together they’ll be up the standings in a couple years.

  3. stockspyder - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    2 words to sum up Colorado.

    Ryan OReilly.

    nuff said

  4. ryanoffski - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Fire Sacco

    • 19to77 - Mar 28, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      And hire Lindy Ruff.

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