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The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - December 6th, 2013

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Doug Pensinger

Drouin is focused on Team Canada has no doubts that Tampa will come later.

Boychuk has been released from the hospital.

Boston Bruins defenceman Johnny Boychuk was taken from the ice on a stretcher and sent to hospital after a first-period hit from behind by Montreal forward Max Pacioretty on Thursday night.

After the game, coach Claude Julien said Boychuk was released from hospital and would return to Boston with the team. He had no details of the injury, which is believed to be a back problem.

"He can travel, but he’s not out of the woods yet," said Julien, adding that he felt the two minutes Pacioretty got for boarding on the play was the correct call.

Matt Duchene is on the bubble to make the Team Canada Olympics team.

  • Matt Duchene, centre, Colorado Avalanche: The 22-year-old centre may have to move to the wing to make the team, but he has blazing speed and is a fine two-way performer. He leads the upstart Avalanche in goal-scoring with 12, but hasn’t tallied in his past four games.