We continue our look back at the 2013-2014 Colorado Avalanche season today by highlighting Matt Duchene and his outstanding goal against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Matt Duchene made the leap to stardom this year in the NHL. He started the year on a goal scoring tear, netting nine goals in the month of October. The goals slowed down a bit after a November injury, but that’s when he became a playmaker for Ryan O’Reilly and the rest of the team. Duchene finished the year with 23 goals in 71 games. Perhaps the prettiest of them all came at home against the Carolina Hurricanes on October 25, 2013. In a 1-0 game, Duchene picked up the loose puck behind the net. Instead of going to the front of the net on his backhand or throwing the puck in the slot, Duchene spun in front of the Hurricanes defense, got the puck on his forehand, and put it in the net before goalie Justin Peters could recover.
Colorado Avalanche fans watched Duchene make a lot of quick cuts on his skates this year to free himself from a defender. Some turned into scoring chances for himself while others turned into scoring chances and goals for his teammates. This quick spin turned into a goal for Duchene as he continued to show off his flare to go along with his world-class skill.