It would be hard for the Colorado Avalanche to put a positive spin on their 5-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Thursday and forward Matt Duchene isn’t trying to.
“We just weren’t ready for last night,” Duchene admitted, per the Denver Post. “We didn’t know what was going to hit us. We played terrible.”
Of course, playing against the Wild was nothing new for Colorado. The two teams met in the 2014 playoffs with Minnesota taking that first-round series in seven games. That experience clearly didn’t help the Avalanche in their season opener.
“They absolutely dominated us,” Duchene added. “They probably deserved to win 8-0.”
He feels the team needs to collectively take responsibility for that failure. He wants to see them get back to coming to games with enthusiasm and excitement, which wasn’t his experience last night.
The silver lining is that the Avalanche still have 81 games left and the next one is a rematch against Minnesota on Saturday.