Jan 27, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny (26) and center Matt Duchene (9) celebrate the win over the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Avalanche defeated the Stars 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Duchene battles jet lag and sickness for Colorado Avalanche


The Colorado Avalanche couldn’t hold off the Los Angeles Kings last night, but don’t expect Matt Duchene to make any excuses. The recent gold-medal winner posted two assists despite fighting off a bevy of issues.

After taking part in Canada’s gold medal game on Sunday, Duchene made his way back to the United States to suit up for the Avalanche on Wednesday night. He performed well, but wasn’t feeling too hot. He spoke to Mike Chambers of The Denver Post about how he pushed through against the Kings:

I felt terrible all day, like I had the flu, but the adrenaline got going and I felt good on the ice. I thought our line played well, scoring three goals, but we didn’t play hard enough down low. To give up five goals, that’s disappointing. Two-goal lead, you have to step on their throat. We beat ourselves tonight.

The game probably didn’t do much to solidify head coach Patrick Roy’s faith in backup goalie J.S. Giguere. He could be seen fuming on the bench as the Kings pulled away, and it’s tough to blame him for his irritation. Every point counts at this stage of the season, and watching two get away from you like that is tough.

Duchene and the Avalanche will have a chance to get back into the win column tomorrow against the Phoenix Coyotes.

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