Skip to content

Patrick Roy leads Avs to their best start since relocation

Oct 10, 2013, 10:11 PM EDT

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 10: Head coach Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche talks to Patrick Bordeleau #58 of the Colorado Avalanche in the second period against the Boston Bruins during the game on October 10, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) Getty Images

Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy hasn’t shied away from controversy so far, but he has gotten results.

Backup goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere earned a 39-save shutout and Ryan O’Reilly netted a power-play goal en route to Colorado’s 2-0 victory over the Boston Bruins.

The Avalanche have gotten off to a 4-0-0 start and improved to 7-0-1 in their last eight contests in the Bruins’ TD Garden, notes the Avalanche. This is also their best start since the franchise relocated to Colorado.

Roy made headlines in his season opener for getting into an altercation with Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau and then referring to the bench boss as “classless” for spreading what Roy says are lies. However, Roy had nothing but praise for Bruins coach Claude Julien before this match.

“I have so much respect for him and he’s a great coach,” Roy told NHL.com. “When you’re in the finals of the Stanley Cup two years … you deserve a lot of credit and respect. Every time I spoke to him, at the time I asked him a few questions, he was always available.”

Julien won’t have an opportunity to get a rematch against Roy until March 21. The question is; will the Avalanche’s early winning streak be seen as an anomaly at that point or the start of a surprisingly successful campaign?

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    I long respect for landesgog tonight, he bottle hit big time against lucic, I knows it’s a mismatch but at least stick up for yourself, his teammates count even stick up for him. He embarrassed himself tonight

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:26 PM

      Lost**

    • pxland - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      That’s ridiculous. He did exactly what you want your captain to do in that situation. He gave lucic plenty of rope to hang himself with and got him off the ice for a huge part of the game.

      I lost respect for Lucic to be honest.

    • pxland - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:53 PM

      Furthermore, couldn’t you see that the B’s were making a concerted effort to bring that physical play? They wanted to change the momentum. Landeskog dropping the gloves there would have been playing into their hands.

    • pxland - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      It was a huge, and important display of restraint and maturity from a very young man.

      Landeskog held back, and Lucic lost.

      Ok. Now I’m done… Maybe.

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - Oct 11, 2013 at 2:36 AM

      Lucic is the massive puss trying to fight a guy who has one nhl fight and a total of 6 CHL fights to speak of, Milan has been on about 50 CHL fights and another 20 in the NHL?

      Landescog also had to deal with concussions less than 9 months ago
      And you and Milan are crying about this non-fighter not fighting one of the leagues best fighters?

      Dumb

    • hockey412 - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:08 AM

      Why the HELL would Landeskog fight Lucic? Seemed that Boston was kind of embarassing themselves with all that crap…just effing play hockey and quit trying to be bad-asses. It’s the same thing from last year until they finally decided to play hockey at the end of the Toronto series.

      Why did Thornton need to fight Bordeleau, by the way? I understand ‘enforcing’ clean play…but a good hard hit? Pulease.

    • avscup - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:32 AM

      You need to go back to 3rd grade and learn how to communicate. Why would Landy fight Lucic? You are a typical blue color dock worker. Moron.

  2. ethanmacleod1685 - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Bottled it ** damn it haa

    • avfanforlife - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      Really? “Bottled it” is the only grammatical error you found in your absolutely inane comment above?

  3. govtminion - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Bruins looked flat tonight- Rask was awesome, he made some great saves, but the rest of the team looked like they weren’t really ready for the game. They hadn’t played since Saturday, so I don’t blame them for being a bit off-kilter, but still a very rough performance by the Bruins.

    On the other side, the Avs look really good so far… other than a few minor changes, the additiong of MacKinnon, and the coach/office changes, this is last year’s awful Avs team- amazing what a coaching change with some energy to it can do to change a team, isn’t it?

    • itsallniceonice - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      Bruins played pretty well not sure I would describe it as very rough. Obviously not clicking on all cylinders but not bad.

  4. LampyB - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Avs are a dark horse this year, could have a big season. So much fire power. B’s were in rare form though just didnt look good.

  5. ak5040 - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Landeskog did the smart thing. He had a concussion last year. He’s pretty much still a kid himself. No need to be fighting Lucic in his home arena. Lucic however is a punk ass goon instigator.

    • hockey412 - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:14 AM

      I almost understand Lucic wanting to do something to spark a team that is playing flat…but picking Landeskog was about as nutless as his running Miller. There were probably other players more his tier as far as fighting goes that he could have gone for.

      The more I watch Lucic play, the more respect I have for his actual skill (when he decides to be a hockey player and not a goon) and the less respect I have for his ‘grit’. Ball-less terd goon instigator.

  6. withseidelinn - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    This is actually amazing. I assumed this good of a start for the Avs was partly a fluke but when I saw them play the Leafs they were just so damn aggressive. Barely gave up any scoring chances as well. Shutting out Boston just makes this start more impressive. Congrats to them – it is a much needed boost of confidence.

  7. matt14gg - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    These are the kind of games the Bruins always have trouble with. They try to bring the physical play to a team that isn’t interested. It’s a lot like when the Bruins play Montreal. They try to get physical, but Montreal just plays the speed game and the Bruins struggle. Landeskog did the right thing. He’s not fighter and Lucic should know better.

    As far as the Avs go, it’s a great start, but they are young and the season’s long and once they start to settle in it will get a lot tougher. This reminds me of the big start that Edmonton got off to a few years ago and finished in last place. Avs have talent, but the season will get a lot tougher and I will still be surprised if they make the playoffs.

    • avfanforlife - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      You’re forgetting one thing Matt… Patrick Roy. He will not accept anything less than the playoffs.

      • matt14gg - Oct 11, 2013 at 1:25 PM

        You’re right, Roy is definitely setting a tone and that’s good for a team that just excepted losing last season. The only problem is even a guy like Roy can only have so much effect on a team. They are young and there’s so much they haven’t seen yet. He clearly makes the Avs better, but they still have some growing up to do.

        The hardest thing to do in the NHL is to keep up a high level of play over a long period of time. That’s where experience is so important. They will win a few games and guys will get comfortable and that is when complacency (for a young team) can set in. Then let’s see how they handle things. Again, a much better team, but they still have to go through some adversity and learn how to handle it.

  8. Plumber 65 - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Landy showed why they chose him as the captain. Every body wants to dog mr junior hockey Roy, well he didn’t have Bordy get out on the ice after Lucic was back. Lucic is a pro?? Ya right. The guy has the talent to play without going the goon route but can’t drop the crap. Can you say Jordon Totoo

    • matt14gg - Oct 11, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      Agree with what you say about Lucic losing his head, but you can’t just dismiss him and question his professionalism. He is still a very good player and always a factor when he’s on the ice. It seems like he’s been in the league forever and yet he’s still only 25. For a guy so young he already has a resume most players would kill for. There’s not a team in the league, or a fanbase, that wouldn’t want Milan Lucic in its lineup.

Sign up for Fantasy hockey

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. J. Quick (1371)
  2. S. Bennett (1300)
  3. A. Ovechkin (1128)
  4. B. Schenn (1099)
  5. K. Timonen (1087)