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Avalanche lose to Panthers, Duchene to injury

Nov 17, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

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For the first time in almost 11 years, the Colorado Avalanche lost on home ice to the Florida Panthers.

But it’s worse. Avalanche center Matt Duchene, the team leader in points, suffered an oblique injury in the third period, as per Adrian Dater of The Denver Post.

The Avalanche fell 4-1 to the struggling and rebuilding Panthers. It’s Colorado’s third straight loss, as they look to keep pace with the Central Division-leading Chicago Blackhawks.

“But for us, we’re a positive group in here. You know, it sucks, it’s tough but we are good enough to turn this around,” said Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog afterward.

  1. mp1131211 - Nov 17, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    That sucks…. How did that happen?? That trainer should be fired. There is absolutely no reason a high caliber athlete in the NHL should be getting abdominal strains.

    • mp1131211 - Nov 17, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      Thumbs down this all you want, but abdominal strains are a sign of poor conditioning. Expect more Avs to injure their abs unless they make changes to their pre/post game treatment.

      Look at Columbus: three abdominal strains since last may. Tampa bay had two at the same time in 2011. A whole ton popped up during the lockout when players were “conditioning” themselves.

      Avs better wise up and get the trainer in for some questioning and changes.

  2. sampulls - Nov 17, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Yikes – big loss

  3. avfanforlife - Nov 17, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Time for Saint Patrick to show a little magic. Fla is doing great, but they came to Pepsi Center tired, and we should have used them as a springboard to get back to winning. Our upcoming schedule is crazy, and a win would have been a huge momentum starter. We were at home boys! No excuse for that loss! We need Tanguay back and hopefully Douchene is skating again quickly.

  4. mclovinhockey - Nov 17, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Dang. Get well Matt.

  5. vbcaps - Nov 17, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    What’s the timetable on an injury like that ? Hope not to serous, he is an exciting player to watch

    • mp1131211 - Nov 17, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      Totally varies on severity and course of treatment, like surgery or not. Could be something he deals with all season and undergoes surgery in off season. Could get worse and out him out for a couple months.

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