This was a monumental game for Patrick Roy the coach. As a teammate Roy despised Mario Tremblay even before Tremblay became his coach for the Montreal Canadiens in 1995. On Tuesday night at the Pepsi Center Roy tied Tremblay for an NHL record he spearheaded — six consecutive victories to begin a head-coaching career. The Roy-led Avalanche beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 to improve to 6-0 and further stamp the best start in Avs history. But it could get a lot sweeter. On Thursday against the visiting Detroit Red Wings Roy's most hated rivals as a player the Colorado coach can one-up Tremblay and become the only NHL bench boss to begin a career 7-0. "For him coming in as an NHL rookie coach people really didn't know what he was capable of. We knew as a player but not as a coach" Avs captain Gabe Landeskog said of Roy. "He's done a great job and we love playing for him. It's obviously great that he tied (Tremblay's) record and it gives another reason to keep it going (Thursday)." Flash back to Dec. 2 1995 the night Roy the proud goalie who had already won two Stanley Cups and a Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP felt humiliated by Tremblay in an 11-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. Roy allowed nine goals and was mocked by Montreal fans before Tremblay finally replaced him — far too late in Roy's opinion. Tremblay took over the 0-5 Canadians in October 1995 and reeled off six consecutive victories behind Roy's stellar goaltending. Roy has done it again but this time as a coach. "I don't care about the 7-0" Roy said. "That's what I said to the guys before the game. We have to take care of the things we can control. What we control is how well we play the game." Roy's best players Tuesday were center Matt Duchene (two goals) and goalie Semyon Varlamov who improved to 6-0 after a disastrous 11-21-3 lockout-shortened season. Varlamov notched his third 35-plus-save effort despite allowing two goals for the first time this season.
Avalanche improves to 6-0 by beating Stars 3-2
Denver Post | Oct 16