Matt Duchene was off the bench and on the ice before Mark Stone could even finish his celebration. He was there before either Erik Karlsson or Derick Brassard, who actually were on the ice when the game-winning goal was scored, there before the rest of his teammates, there to revel in the win and the relief of it all being over. For Duchene, this was the moment he needed. "The door was wide open," Duchene said, with a grin, after the Ottawa Senators defeated the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 in overtime at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm on Friday. "I was right there. So I was pretty fired up that we were able to win that first one. That was a special moment for me. It's been a crazy week." Crazy might not quite cover it. After Duchene was traded mid-game Sunday when his Avalanche were playing the New York Islanders, he joined his new team, the Senators, for the trip to Sweden for the NHL Global Series games, when they were set to face -- yes, the Avalanche -- in back-to-back games Friday and Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, RDS, ALT, NHL.TV). Ottawa sent forward Kyle Turris to the Nashville Predators in the three-team trade to acquire Duchene. It had been a week of change, of disruption, of emotion, of upheaval. It had been a week unlike any other in Duchene's career. It had been a week when his brain was working overtime, trying to figure out how he fit into the new team and system, trying to figure out his new game plan, trying to figure out how to get along in a foreign country while still running into his former teammates in their shared hotel.
Duchene glad to put first game with Senators behind him
NHL.com | Nov 11