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DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Avalanche are back in the postseason.
But they may have to move on without Matt Duchene.
He is scheduled to have an MRI on Sunday.
“We’ll know more after that,” coach Patrick Roy said. “It’s not good news for him and it’s not good news for us. It’s the way it’s been all year.”
Despite the injuries - Colorado has lost top-six forwards Alex Tanguay and P.A. Parenteau - the constant has been Varlamov. He came through again against the relentless Sharks, who threw 74 shots at him. Colorado blocked 25.
“I’m guessing he was the first star,” San Jose coach Todd McLellan said of Varlamov. “He should be.”
His 37 wins are the most in the NHL and a big reason the Avalanche reached 100 points for the first time in 10 years.
“He’s been tremendous,” captain Gabe Landeskog said. “I think it’s safe to say we wouldn’t be here without him.”
Colorado was a mainstay in the playoffs when the franchise moved to Denver in 1995. After winning the Stanley Cup for a second time in 2001, the Avalanche reached the Western Conference finals the following season before heading into lean times.
Now they have a chance to return to the glory years with a young, eager group.
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