Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/05/10 at 10:01 AM ET
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
The big story wasn’t so much the result, a loss in early November, but the benching of Matt Duchene by coach Joe Sacco for most of the second period. More of what went down is spelled out here in colleague Mark Kiszla’s excellent column.
This is going to be very big, seeing how he responds not only Saturday but in the few games after that. He was essentially singled out tonight by the coach, not only in the game but after (video).
Sacco has never publicly bad-mouthed Duchene’s play before, even when it might have warranted it at times, but tonight he definitely sounded like the dad who had to take the car keys away finally.
How Duchene deals with this and responds on the ice will be interesting to see. He is so ambitious and focused and driven, but also a little bit sensitive to criticism.
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