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Avs edge Stars to stay undefeated

Oct 16, 2013, 12:00 AM EST

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After Tuesday’s action, there are two teams that haven’t lost a game so far in the 2013-14 season: the Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks. The Avs didn’t cruise like the Sharks did tonight, sweating out a 3-2 win against the Dallas Stars to extend their hot start to 6-0-0.

Semyon Varlamov really stole the show. He stopped 39 out of 41 Stars shots, including 34 out of 35 as Dallas threw a ton of shots at the Colorado net in the last two periods. This is the first time the 25-year-old allowed more than one goal in a game this season. He’s been especially stupendous in his last two starts, stopping an amazing 79 out of 82 shots.

(Of course, that’s probably evidence that the Avalanche need to tighten things up a bit if they want to be more than a team with a lucky start.)

Matt Duchene scored two goals to continue his also-impressive start, as he now has seven points in his first six games.

It’s difficult to really gauge the 2-3-0 Stars so far, although Tyler Seguin is clearly trying; he doubled his shot total with seven on net tonight and collected an assist to push his season points total to seven in five contests.

  1. hockeyflow33 - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    Just like we all predicted at the start of the year

    • polegojim - Oct 16, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      Hahahaha… sure…!!!

  2. jpelle82 - Oct 16, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    duchene looked good last night…5 goals already i think? varlomov stole this one though, a couple big stops on breakaways, he bailed them out a couple times. its the sign of a good team though, when breakdowns happen, they can rely on the guy between the pipes which goes a long way toward confidence. might not be just a fluke start.

    • polegojim - Oct 16, 2013 at 9:30 AM

      Yes – good offense, but D is still more of the issue.

      I’m pleasantly surprised they’re at this point.

      The key will be what they do once the first L hits? Rebound quickly or lose a string?

      That’s where the rubber meets the road with Roy and the team’s progress towards mental toughness.

      • hockey412 - Oct 16, 2013 at 9:57 AM

        And the other key might be how to improve the D, on the fly, without sacrificing any of the offense? Awesome job so far, but I agree the D might become an issue, way too many shots allowed.

  3. govtminion - Oct 16, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Hard to believe that other than adding MacKinnon and Tanguay, losing Hejduk, and changing the coaching/front office staff, this is last years’ awful Avs. They’re scoring goals, the goalies are playing fantastic, they’ve got tons of energy, and when things go wrong it doesn’t faze them- last year’s team hardly seemed to care most nights.

    I’m impressed. Here’s hoping they keep it up!

    • avfanforlife - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      Sacco. ’nuff said.

    • jovocop2112 - Oct 16, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      It also helps having Sarich, Benoit-balls and Guenin all decide ‘screw it, I’m gonna be excellent’

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