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Morning Flurries: Avalanche win, rookies impress and Evgeni Malkin opens up

Rookies are making noise around the NHL

NHL: Colorado Avalanche at Philadelphia Flyers Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

It’s going to be a long time away from home for the Colorado Avalanche so getting a win in the first game of the road trip was big. The Avs were able to leave Philadelphia with a 5-4 shootout victory over the Flyers. For those of you that missed the game, here is the full recap.

The Avalanche are right back at it tonight with a game against the Islanders before they head over to Sweden for a week.

In news that just won’t go away, Elliotte Friedman spent his Headlines segment during the second intermission of Hockey Night in Canada discussing Matt Duchene and the trade that almost was.

The key quote from Friedman was:

“I think Colorado is still motivated to trade him and I think Ottawa is very motivated to acquire Matt Duchene.”

This isn’t close to over.

Around the hockey world

In Vancouver, star rookie Brock Boeser tallied his first NHL hat trick bringing his total to 5 goals and 13 assists only ten games into his rookie season.

Meanwhile, in Arizona, the Coyotes have been horrendous this season, but that hasn’t stopped Clayton Keller from being one of the best players in the league. Keller has 10 goals in only 15 games. Those ten goals don’t include this filthy shootout one from last night against Scott Darling.

Staying in Arizona, meet Bruce Frye. The Yotes named Bruce an honorary assistant coach for their Hockey Fights Cancer night.

Hockey Night in Canada had a great in-depth feature on Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Evgeni Malkin. [Sportsnet]