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Roy: ‘We’re going to take a serious look at’ Duchene returning Monday

Apr 27, 2014, 12:58 PM EDT

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The Colorado Avalanche have a chance to win their first round series against the Minnesota Wild in Game 6. That’s quite an accomplishment given that they’ve been missing leading scorer Matt Duchene (knee), but they might not have to get any further without him.

Duchene participated in his first full skate with the Avalanche on Saturday after returning to the ice Monday. He hasn’t played since March 29, but he seems poised to return on Monday.

“We’re going to take a serious look at it,” Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said.

During Duchene’s absence, 18-year-old forward Nathan MacKinnon has led the team with two goals and 10 points in the playoffs. The Avalanche are in this position because the rookie scored the overtime winner in Game 5.

In doing so, MacKinnon became the youngest player to net a game-winning overtime goal in the playoffs since Don Gallinger in 1943, per the Avalanche.

  1. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    It’s crazy to think the Avs have been missing their best player bc their forward group has looked dynamic.

    • 19to77 - Apr 27, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      I don’t think anyone was expecting Nathan MacKinnon to be leading playoff scoring through five games. Holy crap the kid is clutch.

  2. purpleguy - Apr 27, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Hey, fine with me as long as there are different officials . . . . .

  3. hardkor07mn - Apr 27, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Philly- are you crazy? Apparently you didn’t watch games 3 and 4. The forwards were totally nonexistent.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM

      Just like all forward groups there are times when you’re ineffective, no matter how much talent you have. Still when you watch the likes of Mackinnon, O’Reilly, Stastny, Landeskog, McGinn, and Parenteau it’s easy to see how dangerous they can be. Add back in Duchene and it’s a dangerous squad.

      I don’t think the Avs, in this stage of their development, will make it out of the West. But they are fun to watch.

  4. justintimezone - Apr 27, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    If the refs want the Avs to win just like last night, what’s the point?

  5. mrhyperpants - Apr 27, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Wild fans still moaning. There has been bad calls for both sides. The Avs had a on side goal disallowed in this series as well. So things just even out.

    BUILD A BRIDGE AND GET OVER IT.

    won’t be long before your all back to ice fishing again.

    • avscup - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:46 PM

      Still.crying.in.MN?

      Like the 2 min kneeing penalty was a favorable call on the Avs.

      • slickvb82 - Apr 27, 2014 at 11:57 PM

        Still crying about your sad Barrie knee on knee, Avscup?

        Suck it you punk. You know jack about hockey and everyone on here that reads your posts know it.

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