Encouraged by Avalanche coach Patrick Roy to "have fun," captain Gabe Landeskog was greeted with a funny-looking toy helmet in his locker-room stall Monday morning, and after the ensuing night game against the Winnipeg Jets at the Pepsi Center, Landeskog slapped a team logo on it and put it to good use.

Landeskog presented goalie Semyon Varlamov with the team's first "hard hat," a tradition that will continue with each Avalanche victory. Varlamov made 33 saves in a 3-2 overtime triumph that ended with center Matt Duchene scoring a fluke goal with 2:27 remaining in sudden death of a chippy game between the Central Division foes.

"Now next win, Varly will give it out," Landeskog said of the plastic helmet that looks more like a German army helmet. "A lot of teams do it around the league, and I found it in my stall this morning. Why not give it out to a deserving guy? We obviously know it's a team game, but it gives us something to laugh about. It's such an ugly hat, you know you're going to be embarrassed to wear it the whole (postgame) interview."

Duchene also was deserving after scoring his 21st goal to give Colorado its 89th point with 16 games remaining. He slapped at the puck after a Jets defenseman shot it off him and the Avs improved to 1-1 on their four-game homestand.

"I got in the corner and just, you know, was able to beat Byfuglien out of the corner and he kind of grabbed my elbow and I lost the puck and I don't think Montoya was really ready for it and it came back to me and I kind of just whacked at it and I didn't really know it went in, I just heard the crowd cheer. It was a nice bounce and nice game-winning goal" said Duchene.