Patrick Roy's somber post-game mood Saturday afternoon wasn't meant to downplay what the Avalanche had just accomplished. With Semyon Varlamov making 47 saves in a 3-2 victory over San Jose, the Avalanche clinched a playoff spot, reached a startling 100 points and took over second place in the NHL's Central Division — all with eight games remaining in the regular season.
But possibly more significant in the long run, Colorado leading scorer Matt Duchene suffered a knee injury on his first shift of the game in a collision with teammate Jamie McGinn. In pain, he was able to skate off the ice, but he went to the dressing room and was done for the day.
Roy indicated the team wouldn't get more definitive word until Duchene underwent an MRI, probably Sunday, but he seemed to be at least bracing for possible bad news.
"I'm always a positive person," Roy said. "Obviously, I believe that he's going to be back for the playoffs. This is the way I am. But at the same time, we lost Peter Forsberg after the second round the year we win the Cup (in 2001), and a team is a team. You have to go out there and play hard and find ways to win games. That's what we're going to continue to do."
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