We continue our look back at the Colorado Avalanche season today by highlighting career goal #100 for Matt Duchene
Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene got off to a blazing hot start this year, scoring nine goals in his first 11 games. The he began to slump as the puck just stopped finding the net for the fourth year pro. After a 24 game stretch without a goal, Duchene finally broke through in a big way. On February 8, 2014 against the New York Islanders, Duchene scored the 100th goal of his career, stuffing the puck past Evgeni Nabokov. Duchene broke free along the boards, dipped his shoulder, then used his speed and power to get a quick shot off despite the Islanders defender doing his best to slow him down. Nabokov made the initial save, but Duchene took another whack at the puck and forced it into the net. Duchene’s reaction was a combination of excitement, pain, and relief as he let out a loud scream and punched the glass before picking up the puck. Despite the Avs star goal slump, he consistently contributed every night by creating chances and picking up assists. Known as a goal scorer though, Duchene was happy to finally break out of his slump.
After the game, Duchene had little time to celebrate as he headed to Sochi for the Winter Olympics to skate with Team Canada where he ended up winning a gold medal.