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Avs’ Duchene trying to not get bummed out about goal drought

Jan 29, 2014, 9:32 PM EDT

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Avalanche forward Matt Duchene has just one goal in his past 18 games.

That kind of goal-scoring drought would get a lot of players down, but Duchene tells Adrian Dater of The Denver Post he’s trying to not let it get to him.

“I’m just trying to not let it get me down, and not be on that emotional roller coaster,” Duchene said. “But it’s crazy. I think I’ve hit more goalposts than I have in the last two years in this stretch. I keep getting hooked, but I’m not getting penalty shots or anything. But I’ve just got to keep working and eventually it’ll go in. But other guys are scoring, so just give them the puck.”

A little campaigning for calls is a veteran move, but the points and wins are still coming.

During that 18-game span, Duchene has 12 assists to go with his one goal and the Avalanche have gone 10-4-4. Goals are great and all, but he’s doing what he has to do to help the team win.

  1. lowenni - Jan 29, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Great player. Ton of heart and passion to go with that otherworldly skill and speed. One of the most fun players for me to watch. The goals will come.

  2. realemman - Jan 29, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    The goals will come definitely, he shouldn’t get down on himself, he should keep playing his game. Great player to watch for sure.

  3. bsaures - Jan 30, 2014 at 5:01 AM

    Despite not getting the goals he is still putting up a ppg pace over the season so its not like he isnt contributing

  4. darksidecowboy - Jan 30, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Duchene is a hell of a player, he’ll get his soon. Jamie Benn in Dallas just recently got out of his goal drought as well as Seguin. All players go through this in a season, pretty sure Duchene’s next game will get the gorilla off his back.

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