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Colorado Avalanche honor Olympians prior to last home game before break

Matt Duchene #9 and Gabriel Landeskog #92 of the Colorado Avalanche are honored for making their home countries' Olympic hockey teams prior to the game against the Buffalo Sabres at the Pepsi Center on February 1, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.
Matt Duchene #9 and Gabriel Landeskog #92 of the Colorado Avalanche are honored for making their home countries' Olympic hockey teams prior to the game against the Buffalo Sabres at the Pepsi Center on February 1, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.
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Prior to their 7-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, the Colorado Avalanche honored their Olympians with a ceremony.

The Avalanche, who are sending four players to Sochi for the Winter Olympics, do not play again at home until after the Olympic break (which begins on Feb. 7).

Captain Gabriel Landeskog will represent Sweden in the tournament; and was also a member of Tre Kroner’s goal-medal winning team at the 2013 World Championships. The forward had two goals against the Sabres.

Goaltender Semyon Varlamov got the win in the contest, stopping 27 of 28 shots and adding an assist. He is expected to start in goal for the host nation Russia.

Matt Duchene had an assist in the contest; and will head to Sochi representing reigning Olympic champion Canada.

After testing his injured ankle in pregame warm-ups Paul Stastny did not play against Buffalo. He will head to his second Olympics representing the United States. The Quebec City-born Stastny was raised in St. Louis, and holds dual citizenship.

Prospect Jonas Holos will also play in the Olympics, representing Norway. The 26-year-old defenseman is already in Russia, currently playing for Yaroslavl Lokomotiv of the KHL.

Colorado also acknowledged the Olympians on the Buffalo Sabres. Ryan Miller (USA), Jhonas Enroth (Sweden), Henrik Tallinder (Sweden), Zemgus Girgensons (Latvia) will all head to Sochi. Sabres coach Ted Nolan was also acknowledged, as he will be coaching the Latvian team.