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Duchene scores twice, Avs beat Islanders 5-2

  • Article by: JOE DePAOLO
  • Associated Press
  • February 8, 2014 - 9:20 PM

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Matt Duchene scored a pair of goals 2:44 apart in the second period, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the New York Islanders 5-2 on Saturday night.

Nathan MacKinnon scored and Gabriel Landeskog and Paul Stastny each had empty-net goals for Colorado. Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 30 shots to help the Avalanche snap a two-game skid.

The Islanders scored two goals during a wild sequence in the third period in which the Avalanche committed four penalties over a 3:34 span. Islanders captain John Tavares got his team on the board with 8:43 remaining. Then, 57 seconds later, Lubomir Visnovsky got New York within one. Both goals were scored as part of 5-on-3 advantages.

But the Avalanche regained their composure when the play returned to even strength, and were able to hang on in what was the final contest for both teams before the Olympic break. The Avalanche finished their four-game northeastern swing 2-2.

Duchene's first goal was the 100th of his career. He followed that up just 2:44 later, on an outstanding wrist shot from an odd angle at the front of the right circle.

The Islanders recorded 10 of the first 11 shots, but were unable to capitalize. Their offense was stagnant for much of the way after that, until the frenzied third period sequence.

Landeskog added an empty-net goal with 47 seconds remaining and Statsny scored into an empty net with 2 seconds remaining.

NOTES: Landeskog extended his point streak for the Avalanche to nine games. He assisted on MacKinnon's first period goal, in addition to the empty netter. ... PA Parenteau was held without a point in his return to the Nassau Coliseum. Parenteau spent two seasons with the Islanders before signing with the Avalanche in the summer of 2012. ... The Avalanche had dropped six straight against the Isles. . Travis Hamonic returned to action for the Islanders. He missed the previous 12 games while recovering from a concussion he sustained on Jan. 12.

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