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Duchene Named First Star of the Week

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The NHL announced Monday that Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene has been named the league's first star for the week ending Nov. 15.

Duchene led the NHL in goals (four) and points (eight) through three games played last week, recording three consecutive multi-point efforts to help the Avs go 3-0 to start a season-long seven-game road trip.

Matt Duchene
Center  - COL
Goals: 8 | Assists: 6 | Pts: 14
Shots: 45 | +/-: -2
Duchene started his potent week off with back-to-back tallies in the second period in a 4-0 victory at the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, registering his fifth and sixth markers of the season in the victory. Duchene also added an assist on Cody McLeod's third-period power-play goal to help seal the win.

The Haliburton, Ontario, native continued his streak by potting the game-winning goal at 6:49 of the third period in a hard-fought victory at the Boston Bruins on Thursday. After nabbing an assist on Francois Beauchemin's tying tally in the first period, Duchene fired a one-timer from the high slot to beat netminder Tuukka Rask for the eventual win.

Duchene finished up the week with a goal and two assists in Colorado's 6-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. His first helper came on the opening goal, scored by Mikhail Grigorenko in the first period. Duchene registered his next assist on Nathan MacKinnon's second tally of the night, which came just 13 seconds after MacKinnon's first marker.

The 24-year-old center then found the net himself, scooping up a rebound from the pad of goaltender Dustin Tokarski before firing it straight up and into the top of the Canadiens' net for his eight goal of the year.

Duchene leads the Avalanche in markers (eight-tied) and is second in points (14) through 17 games played. He has turned on the jets recently, recording 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in the last seven contests after putting up a goal and an assist in his first 10 matches.

The Colorado center also leads the NHL in goals (seven-tied) this month and is second in Nov. points (12), trailing only Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane (14). He also has four-multi point games in that span.

This is the Avalanche's first NHL weekly honor of the season. Duchene has now been named in the league's three stars of the week four times, two of which have been as the first star. He was last named the first star of the week on Dec. 20, 2010. Duchene has been named the third star of the week two times (Dec. 7, 2009, Dec. 23, 2013).

Mats Zuccarello of the New York Rangers was the chosen as the league's second star this week while Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer was named the third star.

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