Hockey Hall of Fame goalie Patrick Roy is undoubtedly a player's coach. His Avalanche players are seemingly willing to run through walls for the rookie NHL bench boss who oozes passion and intensity. It's infectious, and Avs fans are not immune. The Pepsi Center wasn't quite sold out Sunday but the excitement inside the building harkened memories of Roy's glory days with the team. As Roy and others said after the Avs' 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals and Russian superstar Alex Ovechkin, "it was awesome." "Best player tonight for us was our fans. Simple as that. They were loud. It was awesome," Roy said after his goalie, embattled Russian Semyon Varlamov, spearheaded an impressive shutdown of his countryman and the rest of the Caps. "They chanted 'Varly,' they were after Ovechkin, they added a lot of emotion to our team." Goals from two unsuspecting players and 4-of-4 penalty killing effort lifted Colorado to 14-2 on the season, the best record in franchise history after 16 games. Fourth-line winger Patrick Bordeleau produced his fourth career NHL goal and defenseman Nick Holden added his first, the game winner, before snipers P.A. Parenteau and Gabe Landeskog put the game away with third-period goals. "It's the way we are. Everybody is bringing something special to our team right now," Roy said. "It's teamwork. It's the reason why we are were we are." Landeskog had a great game, assisting on Holden's goal, the Matt Duchene-centered line was against excellent. The defensive pairing of Erik Johnson and Jan Hejda continued to shine, with each finishing plus-3 and spearheading a power-play shutdown performance that included a 5-on-3 disadvantage for 56 seconds.
Red-hot Avalanche improve to 14-2, its best start after 16 games with 4-1 victory over Caps
Denver Post | Nov 11