Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NHL Notes: Colorado Clinches Playoff Berth but Duchene Injured

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NHL Notes: Colorado Clinches Playoff Berth but Duchene Injured

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DENVER * The Colorado Avalanche are back in the postseason. But they may have to move on without Matt Duchene.

If Semyon Varlamov continues his breakout season, the Avalanche might not miss their leading scorer.

Varlamov had a season-high 47 saves and Colorado clinched its first playoff berth in four years with a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.

Center John Mitchell had a goal and an assist for the Avalanche, who moved past Chicago into second place in the Central Division with 100 points in what might have been a costly victory.

Duchene suffered a left knee injury on the opening shift Saturday when he collided with teammate Jamie McGinn near the Sharks blue line. He fell to the ice and then gingerly skated to the bench.

He is scheduled to have an MRI on Sunday.

"We'll know more after that," coach Patrick Roy said. "It's not good news for him and it's not good news for us. It's the way it's been all year."

Despite the injuries Colorado has lost top-six forwards Alex Tanguay and P. …

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