When Semyon Varlamov is in the crease, Avalanche backup goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere? is like an extra coach on the bench. The 2007 Stanley Cup champion and 2003 Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoff MVP sees what the Avs are doing, good and bad, and he's pretty sure he knows what's wrong with a team that has won just once in 10 games against division opponents. "We're shooting ourselves in the foot by not keeping the game simple, and because of that, we're making too many mistakes," Giguere said. "Everybody has to look in the mirror, starting (today), come to the rink, be prepared, have a good practice. Everything starts with practice, good habits. And if you have any questions about the game plan or our systems are, don't be afraid. Go ask the coach. And come next game, keep it simple." Without pointing fingers, Giguere, as well as other players and coach Joe Sacco, said the Avs simply made too mistakes during their awful 0-3 western Canadian road trip that ended Friday in Edmonton. But what does that mean? Mistakes are the neutral-zone turnovers that end a possible attack and often create an odd-man rush in the defensive zone, or a player failing to make the second pass out of the defensive end, sustaining the opponent's attack and wearing down the defenders. Mistakes also include taking too many penalties, missing the net on good looks or with teammates in position for rebounds, having a defenseman pinch in the offensive end without sensing the risk, and forwards not back-checking hard enough and offering defensive support.
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