Throughout his first seven contests with his new team, all Matt Duchene saw were goose eggs.
But the 26-year-old finally got on the board with an Ottawa Senators logo his chest Saturday night versus the New York Islanders when he collected a Mark Stone shot from the slot and banged it in from the doorstep.
That reaction? Unmistakable relief.
It broke an eight-game goalless drought for Duchene that dated back to his final few days with the Colorado Avalanche. He was pointless with a minus-10 rating while averaging 17:26 time on ice in his first seven games with Ottawa.
However as one streak of ineptitude was broken, another continued on. Duchene’s tally was too little too late to prevent Ottawa from dropping its sixth straight contest, 2-1 on home ice.
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