Zero point two seconds. Not much time by any estimation. But for the Avalanche, it was an ocean of time Sunday night.
When replays on the soon-to-be replaced Jumbo-Tron at the Pepsi Center showed 0.2 seconds were still left on the clock in overtime when Matt Duchene's shot went into the net, the partisans on hand knew they would exhale with joy in the Avalanche's 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks.
Duchene made sure the Avs would get the extra point they nearly kicked away by putting back a buzzer-beating rebound off P.A. Parenteau's slap shot just as the Zamboni driver was getting ready to fire up the machine to sweep the ice for a shootout.
"I can't say I was trying to put that shot there. I just was trying to get something back on net after P.A.'s shot came back out," said Duchene, who scored Colorado's first and third goals. "That's definitely the latest I've ever scored a goal. It was pretty nice seeing that puck go in."
The Avs have won two consecutive games to finish the first half of the shortened 48-game season with 10 victories but know they have to win a lot more games in the second half, which starts Tuesday against Edmonton.
"I just shot the puck as hard as I could. I didn't know how much time was left, but you keep playing 'til you hear the buzzer," Parenteau said. "That was a fun game for our fans, a fun game to be part of. I thought both teams played pretty well."
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Matt Duchene scores just before buzzer to give Avs 3-2 overtime win
Denver Post | Mar 11