Colorado Avalanche: Matt Duchene Injury Overshadows Win over Phoenix Coyotes

AJ OlivieriContributor IDecember 30, 2011

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 23:  Matt Duchene #9 of the Colorado Avalanche looks on during a break in the action against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Pepsi Center on December 23, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Duchene scored the game winning goal as the Avalanche defeated the Lighning 2-1 in overtime.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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With the Colorado Avalanche looking to rebound at home against the Phoenix Coyotes, fans held their breath as an injured Matt Duchene hobbled off the ice in the first period of Thursday night’s game at the Pepsi Center.

The Avalanche indeed rebounded from a disappointing performance against the Winnipeg Jets two nights ago.  Colorado capitalized on a tired, battered Coyote team, posting a 3-2 victory.

Colorado’s victory over Phoenix is bittersweet.  Early in the first period, forward Matt Duchene went to deliver a check and appeared to get caught up in the half-boards, twisting his right knee.  Immediately after going into the boards, Duchene grabbed his knee and limped over to the Avalanche bench.  He then proceeded down the tunnel with trainers to the Avalanche locker room.

Duchene will undergo an MRI on Friday on his injured knee.  Duchene’s season has been up-and-down.  With inconsistent play, Duchene has been involved in many trade rumors around Denver.  Many teams, along with the Avalanche, are going to be very interested in the MRI results Friday, which will have a direct impact on Duchene’s future.