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from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
"My first (couple of years), if I wasn't scoring or things weren't going well, I would come to practice the next day and I would put so much pressure on myself to score. And then if I didn't, I would get down and it would carry on to the next day," Duchene said. "Now, if I have a slump, I just stay consistent with what works, because it will eventually work.
"Same thing on the flip side; before if I got hot, I would be so excited and on cloud nine. I may be like that now on the inside, but I don't show it."
Duchene not only changed his mind-set before last season, he changed his body. He switched to a gluten-free diet, which helped him drop weight without sacrificing muscle mass. He played well in the NHL's lockout-shortened season and was rewarded this past offseason with a five-year, $30 million contract extension that will kick in next season. While he was happy with his growth on the ice, he was still miserable much of the time. Losing does that.
He also wasn't happy playing for Sacco. At the time, he kept his opinions to himself. But no more.
"There were very few people in this (dressing) room who were happy. Our style of play, it wasn't right for this team. We knew it would fail," Duchene said. "That was the hard part. We knew (any) success was going to be short-lived. It was hard to really be excited about it. For myself, it was really hard to look at what we were doing and think it would keep on working. I can honestly say now, it's not like that."
If you missed some of the great plays from Friday night, here they are via the NHL Network...
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
Is this for real?
“We’re trying to surprise the world of hockey,” Roy proclaimed after his team improved to 8-1-0 with Monday’s 1-0 victory over Pittsburgh.
“I’m sure the guys are having a lot of fun because it’s so positive around the team. Everybody is talking about our team and it’s something that I think we all enjoy.”
You can’t miss the feeling of excitement when you walk into Colorado’s dressing room. It’s as though a massive weight has been lifted. There were plenty of whispers last season about how dysfunctional things became under previous coach Joe Sacco and the players have essentially started acknowledging that fact now.
Roy’s arrival seems to have come at exactly the right moment for this young core group. The Hall of Fame goaltender is unafraid to let his players have some fun at the rink provided that they remain even keel and business-like no matter the result – a challenge that will only grow if the wins keep coming.
The Malik Report has the video explanation of the McLeod suspension.
Some people were mentioning 3-4 games so the 5 games may be a litle higher than what was expected.
via Sportsnet, Colorado broadcast point of view on the hit...
added 10:22pm, Same video, YouTube version below...
Kevin Weekes of NHL.com has a short chat with Patrick Roy.
from Terry Frrei of the Denver Post,
The frequently heard remark has been that the NHL is relevant in Denver again. I don't agree with that. The NHL never became irrelevant in Denver in the past 10 years. Too often, that alleged irrelevance became rationalization for inattention from some segments of the media.
The fan base, nurtured during the franchise glory years, is larger than ever. High regular ticket prices, televised home games and disaffection combined to keep thousands of seats empty on hockey nights at the Pepsi Center. That still was the case for the Avalanche's second home victory, over Nashville, after the sold-out opening night.
Those fans still are out there. They'll come back. And if this keeps up, many general sports fans will climb aboard the bandwagon too.
Despite the proprietary attitude of some of the sport's stubborn loyalists, there's nothing wrong with embracing "new" or "returned" fans — unless they spend the whole game annoyingly asking in the arena or the bar why Peter Forsberg hasn't been on the ice yet.
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
It's an analogy I used once before, which brings a bit of creative shame here. But it's such an apt one, and I think it applies well to what's going on with the Avalanche right now.
It's the old Charles Atlas cartoon strip titled "The Insult that Made a Man out of Mac," in which skinny Mac gets bullied at the beach in front of a girl, then the girl tells him, "Oh, don't let it bother you, little boy." Then Mac discovers the Charles Atlas program, bulks up, punches the bully in the nose and then sallies forth with the girl on his arm as the "hero of the beach."
When first-year Colorado coach Patrick Roy pushed that glass partition on the Pepsi Center bench on opening night, he spoke for lots of Macsin the stands who have been sick and tired of seeing the Avalanche bullied around the last few years.
I'm talking figuratively, not literally. The Avs have had decent enforcers and dropped the gloves plenty. But the fact is, opponents haven't respected the Avs for a long time. They have been considered a soft team. "Easy to play against," I've heard more than once from opposing players, scouts and management people in recent years. Too many teams were able to easily establish their will on the Avs, and too often it seemed like the Avs weren't even all that upset about it.
He celebrates by slamming into the glass.
Video with replay...
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