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by Paul on 04/10/10 at 09:13 AM ET
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
The Avs’ 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at the Pepsi Center was a distant second in the night’s order of disappointing results.
The Avs, who listed Duchene’s condition as a torso injury, initially gave no further update on his condition after the game, but NHL sources said he was taken to a hospital while the game was still in progress. The Avs later confirmed Duchene went to the hospital for further tests but didn’t provide any results….
“We wanted to hold him out for the rest of the game for precautionary measures, and we’ll know more (today),” Avs coach Joe Sacco said.
more on the Avs…
added 8:24am, Dater has more at All Things Avs,
Nobody could seem to figure out when or how he was hurt in the brief time he was on the ice in the first period against Chicago, leading to a second theory: that Duchene actually hurt himself in Edmonton the other night. Some who have studied tape of the game believe Duchene was hurt after a hit from the Oilers’ Zach Stortini.
The trouble with that is, Dutchy seemed fine at the morning skate today, and obviously he suited up for the game. So what happened? I’m not a doctor, but seriously, it can be anything. Is it a broken rib? Did a hit from a previous game damage an internal organ that gave out tonight? Did he burst a spleen? Did he severely pull a muscle like Claude Lemieux did back in 1996 and needed abdominal surgery to correct it?
added 8:27am, Dater just updated All Things Avs with this…
my text was chirping in the black hours of morning, with word from golden, trusted sources that Matt Duchene “will be fine.”
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