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Avalanche’s Giguere predicted ‘unacceptable’ effort versus Dallas

Mar 24, 2013, 1:18 AM EDT

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Colorado Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere knew something wasn’t right with the hockey team in front of him Saturday.

Giguere, the 35-year-old netminder who replaced Semyon Varlamov in the second period of Colorado’s 5-2 loss to the Dallas Stars, then went on a fairly long rant about the Avalanche’s lack of preparation, focus and desperation.

“We had a big meeting two or three days ago, a players-only meeting. We talked about some stuff and I thought we had a good response against Dallas at home (Wednesday). Then we have a day off, then come back and practice, and I thought our practice was just awful,” Giguere told the Denver Post.

“The effort wasn’t there. We practiced defensive zone coverage, and guys weren’t taking the body and swirling and stuff like that. This is the stuff we have to work on every day. I told a couple of the guys that ‘I don’t think we’ll have a good game today.’

“It’s unacceptable. It’s an everyday job. You’ve got to work hard every day. You’ve got to be a lot more desperate than that.”

The Avalanche played the game without their captain, Gabriel Landeskog, who was a late scratch due with a torso injury.

The Avalanche had a chance Saturday to move past the Calgary Flames and, for the moment, out of the basement in the Western Conference standings.

The Stars, with the win, moved into the eighth seed in the West with 33 points.

The leaped one point ahead of the San Jose Sharks – 2-0 losers against the Minnesota Wild earlier in the day.

The Sharks still have a game in hand on the Stars.
  1. dolphincult - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    another game and sacco has his team ill prepared to compete. I feel awful for av fans to have to endure watching massacre after massacre

  2. polegojim - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:46 AM

    Very true Dolph….Varl was also bad tonight… a couple VERY weak goals.

    The Avs have become a ONE period team… the 3rd.

    And its NOT a talent issue… they can play with the best and snapped the Hawks streak.

    They just waste 40 minutes every game waiting for their balls to drop, skating soft and confused.

    Just watch them ‘try’ to move into the offensive zone… a little pressure and it’s a dump. No grit.

  3. ak5040 - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    True. These games have been awful to watch. Sacco needs to go. Something needs to happen.

  4. nananatman - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Don’t worry Avs fans the only reason the Flames didn’t lose yesterday is that they didn’t play. When they’re done losing today you will still be tied for last. God I miss the 80’s when my Flames had pride.

    • sacharlielima1 - Mar 24, 2013 at 10:03 PM

      Well coach Sacco Sucks cant coach Pee Wee if you ask me but while we are sucking i guess we can enjoy being the last place in the NHL Hopefully we will fire Sacco and Take Seth Jones 1st Overall in the 2014 NHL Draft Both Of Those Things will Make Me Very Happy As A Hard Core Avalanche Fan!!

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