Posted December 29, 2011 on AP on Fox

DENVER - JANUARY 18: Matt Duchene #9 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates his first period goal against the Edmonton Oilers during NHL action at the pepsi Center on January 18, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene has left Thursday's game against the Phoenix Coyotes because of a right knee injury and will not return. Duchene was injured early in the first period when he tried to deliver a check and his right skate got caught on the ice. He skated to the bench and went immediately to the locker room. Duchene played 2:23 over three shifts and recorded one hit before leaving for the locker room. The 20-year-old Duchene is in his third year with the Avalanche. The third overall pick in the 2009 draft has a team-leading 12 goals in 39 games. Thursday was his 200th NHL game. He has 63 goals and 83 assists in his career.
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