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Patrick Roy stays undefeated thanks to strong goaltending

Oct 8, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

Goalie Semyon Varlamov #1 of the Colorado Avalanche prepares to face the Nashville Predators at Pepsi Center on October 4, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Predators 3-1.
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The Colorado Avalanche have a long season ahead of them, but so far they’ve defied expectations. Under rookie head coach Patrick Roy, they won their third consecutive game on Tuesday and the key was once again was stellar goaltending.

Semyon Varlamov was near perfect against the Toronto Maple Leafs and you could argue that the word “near” is unnecessary in that statement. He turned aside 27 of 28 shots and the one he missed was borderline as an argument could be made that play should have been called dead.

You can judge that for yourself though:

Either way, Varlamov stayed strong and with a little help from his teammates, earned a 2-1 victory. He’s now allowed just one goal in each of the Avalanche’s first three contests.

“He made a big commitment this year to come in ready, right from training camp,” Roy said, according to “Right now what I like about his play is that it’s simple. Every time you look at him, it looks easy.

“He’s always square to the shooter. He’s at the right place and he plays a simple game. I think that’s the reason he’s having so much success.”

It wasn’t always this way for Varlamov. The Avalanche saw his promise when they acquired him from the Washington Capitals, but his first two seasons with Colorado produced mixed results at best. So far though, it seems like Roy has been a positive influence on the 25-year-old goaltender.


Patrick Roy helps Varlamov change style

  1. joey4id - Oct 8, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Big Mck had a tough night at the office, but it is to be expected. Avs looked real good playing 5 on 5 in the 1st period. There is obviously a lot of teaching to be done. Both teams came out fast an furious. Avs will be a very different team in 2 or 3 months. Exciting time to be a Avs fan. Enjoy! Dichesne looked good, but seemed to be playing the perimeter a little too much.

  2. jacketsfan7 - Oct 9, 2013 at 7:23 AM

    Why do I think because Patrick Roy is coach
    That’s why varlamov is doing so great

  3. avfanforlife - Oct 9, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Francois Allaire should have probably been mentioned in the article.

    • joey4id - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      Allaire is the architect for the modern day butterfly style, and Roy was his first pupil when he was 18 or 19. So! Yes! You bet he should have been mentioned. Allaire almost single-handedly changed how the positions is played from NA to EU.

      • avscup - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        there is a very good reason Patty hired Allaire. He also coached Jiggy.

  4. avscup - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    A lot can be said for the team playing hard in front of Varly. A goalie gets tired of his guys not competing. So far, two goals that shouldn’t have happened and Varly is looking superb. He has kept them in the game a couple times and watched as the guys rallied around him. Great job coaching staff getting this team to compete hard every shift.

    • joey4id - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      Excellent comment! You know, AVs fans are going to see a huge transformation happening of the course of the many years to come. I’m sure there will be a little bit of Pierre Lacroix in their progression. But! Yes! The coaching staff, led by Roy is superb. I never liked the guy off the ice for his arrogance, but you have to give credit where credit is due. He’s the man, and poised to the be the John Elway of hockey in Denver

      • avscup - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:22 AM

        Say what you will about Patty, much of it is deserved. But you also must give credit where credit is due. He was a great team mate and now he will be a very good coach. nobody works harder and he is leading by example. You do not gt to be the greatest ever by not being a winner in all you do.

  5. polegojim - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Agreed on all points… but it all flows back to Roy… he’s the catalyst for all the results.

    Pretty much the exact same team Sacco had… MUCH different attitude and effort.

  6. snipedanglecelly13 - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Why couldn’t Wayne Gretzky do that with his top center in Phoenix lol

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