Avalanche beat Lightning 4-0 behind two Matt Duchene goals

Avalanche forward Matt Duchene had a weird night in Colorado’s 4-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday. Then he had a very good night. Here’s how it started:

The old puck in the pants. One of the lesser-known hazards of playing hockey.

Later in the first period, Duchene got Colorado on the board when he scored a beauty past Lightning goalie Ben Bishop. The goal was Duchene’s first of the year and gave the Avalanche a 1-0 lead.

Duchene struck again in the second period when he redirected a shot into the net to put Colorado ahead 2-0.

The Avalanche added two more goals in the third period. They needed just 16 shots to score four goals. Colorado goaltender Semyon Varlamov recorded 27 saves en route to his first shutout of the season and 21st of his career.

Check out the shot chart. There are considerably more black dots than blue ones.

Courtesy of hockeystats.ca
Chart courtesy of hockeystats.ca

The Avalanche are 3-1 on the season with six points. Their next game is Saturday against the Florida Panthers.

Christian Clark

Author: Christian Clark

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