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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
To watch them in person on Tuesday night at Air Canada Centre hammers home the point, both good and bad. When they’ve got the puck in transition or on the counter-attack watch out, because they’re perhaps the most dangerous team in the NHL and they’re electrifying to watch.
But when they get bottled up in their own zone, like they did for stretches Tuesday night by the Leafs, they labor to regain puck possession and give up quality scoring chances.
The fine line for Roy this season is to still accentuate his team’s strength, speed and skill up front while mitigating the defensive zone issues.
We looked down at the Avs bench during Tuesday night’s game and saw Roy seemingly agitated after his team would give away the puck, notably when a Nick Holden turnover in the neutral zone led to a 3-on-1 break for the Leafs in the second period. But Roy insisted afterwards not to read too much into that.
"Me? Agitated? No," Roy said calmly after Tuesday night’s game. "It’s always the way I am, I love to be involved in the game. But no different than last year, I can tell you that.
It happened to be the game winner with less than a half of second left on the clock.
The ref on the goal line called it a goal, the back ref said no goal.
So they huddled before review and called it a no-goal, then went to Toronto and they confirmed no goal.
See the GIF below...
added 3:27pm, Video added below too...
from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,
It was identified in the preseason and, two games into the regular season, it has magnified into a full-blown concern: The Avalanche has scoring woes of soccer proportions.
The Avs, billed as an end-to-end offensive-minded team with young stars thought to be the NHL's next top scorers, have the league's worst offense after two games. Following Saturday's 3-0 home-opening loss to Minnesota, Colorado is the NHL's only team still looking for its first goal.
"Five on five, we were the best team on the ice," Avs coach Patrick Roy said. "If we play like this, I'm not worried.
"If we continue to work like we did tonight, we will start scoring goals. We'll be fine. I know the name of the game is winning hockey games. But we did so many things well tonight. Our confidence should grow."
After taking a stick to the groin area, Tyler Myers with a shot to the head of Andrew Shaw.
Below, Erik Johnson with an elbow to the head of Erik Haula...
from Nick Groke of All Things Avs,
Avs center Matt Duchene said Colorado didn’t see the train coming before it ran them over on Thursday.
“We just weren’t ready for last night,” Duchene said Friday after a gym workout. “We didn’t know what was going to hit us. We played terrible.”...
“That was a clinic for them last night,” Duchene said. “They absolutely dominated us. They probably deserved to win 8-0.”
Duchene managed just one shot on goal in his 19 minutes and 56 seconds on the ice at Minnesota. And he shouldered some blame for the rout, saying nobody, it seemed, wanted to take charge on against the Wild.
“Everyone has to take responsibility for their own game and not pass the problem off to their teammates and their linemates,” Duchene said. “A lot of us didn’t want the puck last night. There were a lot of times we passed the problem to somebody else.”
via the Denver Post,
Adrian Dater, the Denver Post beat writer for the Colorado Avalanche, has been suspended for two weeks without pay for inappropriate language used on Twitter.
The suspension, effective immediately, followed a number of exchanges with users on Oct. 4 and 5.
“Journalists need to recognize that they need to be professional on all platforms. Social media is no different,” Post Editor Gregory L. Moore said. “The language Adrian used is unacceptable, and he knows it.”
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Spezza will need to be on the defensive Not long ago, Jeff Carter was the equivalent of Spezza — a talented but unanchored center with more promise than production. But Carter, ditched by Philadelphia, then by Columbus, has turned himself into an excellent three-zone center in Los Angeles under coach Darryl Sutter. Without Carter complementing Kopitar, the Kings don’t have two Cups in the last three years. Carter, formerly a shoot-first center, is more dangerous now that he’s committed to playing defense. Only time will tell whether Spezza, the ex-Senator, will resurrect himself similarly in Dallas. Spezza is a brilliant playmaker. But he’s never been considered defensively responsible. He’ll need to be with the Stars when he’s butting heads with Carter, Kopitar, Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler, Joe Thornton, Logan Couture, David Backes, and Paul Stastny in the Western Conference.
Stuart’s contract a head-scratcher Brad Stuart is 34 years old. He has yet to play a single real game for Colorado, which acquired him from San Jose for draft picks. The ex-Bruin is 15 appearances short of hitting the 1,000-game threshold. In San Jose, Stuart’s teammates performed better when he was on the bench instead of on the ice. He is a high-mileage, defense-first defenseman. Stuart’s average ice time, 23:10 in 2009-10, has gone down each season (21:31 in 2010-11, 21:03 in 2011-12, 20:27 in 2012-13, 19:09 last year). Yet the Avalanche signed Stuart on Monday to a two-year, $7.2 million extension. The Avalanche have yet to see Stuart, who will likely be paired with Erik Johnson, under regular-season duress. Stuart will be 35 when his extension becomes effective in 2015-16, which means he will count against the cap if he retires. Players fitting Stuart’s profile (see Chris Phillips, Rob Scuderi) struggle as they progress through their mid-to-late-30s. It’s possible Stuart could be the exception. The Avalanche could have used this season to figure this out.
from Mike Shackil,
The Colorado Avalanche enter the 2014-15 NHL season on the heels of a record-tying 52-win season last year. The team’s success last year cemented a first place finish in the Central Division of the Western Conference, though the Avalanche would ultimately fall to the Minnesota Wild in the Conference Quarterfinals in seven games. In light of their first playoff berth since 2010, the Avalanche will also see ticket prices rise on the secondary market for home games at the Pepsi Center.
In case you missed it earlier today, the Avs re-signed Stuart.
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