Matt Duchene truly appreciated the fact that he had an extremely short walk when he joined his brand-new team, the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Matt Duchene’s First Match for the Blue Jackets
Sergei Bobrovsky managed to make a total of 22 saves, and Matt Duchene’s initial match with the Blue Jackets was an incredible 3-0 victory against Ottawa Senators, who was his former team.
Matt Duchene, who was transferred by the Ottawa Senators to the Columbus Blue Jackets hours before the start of the match, was held pointless. Oliver Bjorkstrand, Cam Atkinson, and Josh Anderson managed to score for the Blue Jackets, allowing them to move into third position within the Metropolitan Division.
“I truly enjoyed myself in the rink,” Duchene stated. “It was somewhat of a brilliant way to conclude my time with the Ottawa Senators, and I felt far more comfortable as I was in the building instead of playing somewhere else.”
“It was an extremely important match for us as a team and Craig Anderson played incredibly well who they kept in for a very long time.”
Matt Duchene managed to receive an ovation from fans in the crowd when he was initially introduced in the Blue Jackets starting line-up. Duchene was then booed once he touched the puck in the second shift of the match, and was applauded once a short tribute video was broadcasted in the arena.
Duchene stated that he was extremely happy to form part of a team that has a realistic shot at reaching the playoffs as opposed to being part of a team that need to rebuild the franchise.
“This is exactly what I’ve been looking for and it gets me up in the morning,” Duchene stated. “I’ve been quite fortunate to be part of a wide variety of great international teams and winning some incredible tournaments. However, I’ve never been given the opportunity to participate in the playoffs on a consistent basis.”
Ottawa Senators vs Blue Jackets
Craig Anderson managed to make a total of 37 saves while playing for the Ottawa Senators, who were defeated for three consecutive games in the league.
The Ottawa Senators have gone over 125 minutes since their last goal. They managed to lose against Chicago 8-7 earlier in the week, which was the last match where they had Matt Duchene, Ryan Dzingel, and Mark Stone in their line-up. These there players managed to score 77 goals for Ottawa out of the 186 goals that were scored in the season. Stone and Dzingel were once again scratched on Friday.
Guy Boucher, the Ottawa Senators coach, completely understands the challenges that are facing the team.
“This just proves how difficult it is to produce within the league. Your elite players produce which allows other players to produce as well. If you remove the elite players, the remaining players need to step up and take charge.” Boucher stated.
“These guys eventually transform into elite players, but at the moment it’s quite difficult.”