Bring On The Roy

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Posted Tue, Oct 8, 2013

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THE SAINT IS BACK – Avalanche legend and now Head Coach Patrick Roy is attempting to bring his squad back to the franchise’s former glory. [Photo Courtesy of CBS Local]

DENVER – What a start to the season for the Avalanche. With just about as good of a first game you could’ve wanted for a team that finished dead last in the West a year ago, the burgundy and blue started the 2013-14 season with goals, defense, fantastic goaltending, not to mention a fired up Patrick Roy who wanted to get in the action like the good ‘ol days.

Was that perfect, or what? There’s no other way to start this column. Avs legend and now Avs Head Coach Patrick Roy got the Pepsi Center louder than it’s been in a very long time. Thanks to a cheap shot towards the end of the game from Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy on Avs rookie Nathan MacKinnon, Roy wanted a piece of the Ducks at the end of the game. In case you missed it, (and I’m sorry for you if you did) Roy tried to knock down the dividing glass that resides between the Ducks and Avalanche benches and Roy wanted to have a few words with the Ducks Head Coach Bruce Boudreau regarding the late-hit. It was like watching Avs-Red Wings from the good old days. Queue the Roy-Osgood fighting reel.

(Sigh of excitement to try and calm myself from the awesomeness)This comes after three very solid periods from the Avs all around. Five different Avs scored on Wednesday night, and no line looked as pretty as Jamie McGinn,  P.A. Parenteau, and Nathan MacKinnon. The No. 1 overall pick for the Avalanche gave two beautiful passes to McGinn to account for two of the Avs’ six goals, making Joe Sakic & company look pretty ingenius off the bat for drafting the 18-year old from the Halifax Mooseheads.

What’s even better? Semyon Varlamov looked strong in goal for Colorado. For a guy that fans already started to lose faith in after last season, the 25-year old made 36 saves in net for the Avs, and Varly was five seconds away from shutting out Anaheim in the season opener. What makes his job much easier is the play of the defense, which was atrocious a season ago, but looked stellar in game one. Off-season defensive additions for the Avs in Cory Sarich, Nate Guenin, and Andre Benoit helped Varlamov throughout the night in their own zone to get the win.

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NEW ERA IN DENVER – New Avs Head Coach Patrick Roy, Avs No. 1 overall pick Nathan MacKinnon, and new Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic on draft night back on June 30th. [Photo Courtesy of FreeGreatPicture.com]

After breaking out to score six goals in their first game, you realize that the scoring should be there this season. With the likes of O’Reilly, Duchene, Landeskog, and Parenteau, goal scoring shouldn’t be an issue. The Avs will go as far as their defense goes in 2013-14. Many who didn’t pay close attention last season would point to Varlamov for the failures, but the defense was the big issue. When the defense plays smart hockey between the blue lines like we saw in the season  opener, Varly will make the saves. The Avs invested multiple picks in the guy, and you can bank on the fact that he will come through as long as his teammates play smart in front of him.

What we saw out of the Avalanche in game number one in all aspects can start a fire for the squad. Being the young team that isn’t expected to do much this season, Patrick Roy & company have the talent to win the games where they outwork their opponents. And for the first time in a long time, we saw a certain dominance that comes from leadership. Call me crazy, but yes-men type Avs coaches of the recent past didn’t have their squad playing this way.

Patrick Roy is just the right guy to be coaching this team. We saw something in game one that we just haven’t seen in a very long time. Ryan O’Reilly said it post-game.. “He knows the game,” O’Reilly said. “It’s good to have that from your coach.” Roy is a very smart hockey-mind, and he’s got that ability to light a fire under the bellies of this team.

Having it been only one game, you can’t get too excited about a team that finished last in the Western Conference only a year ago, but the excitement that came from game No. 1 at Pepsi Center sure does seem special.

A LITTLE EXTRA – Just in case you Avs fans missed Roy getting heated after the Ducks game, this is a MUST WATCH. You can’t help but grin from ear to ear. Anyone have flashbacks of Avs-Redwings Roy-Osgood? The crowd went freaking NUTS. See video below.

Anthony Rodriguez

About Anthony Rodriguez

I'm a sophomore here at Metro State. I'm the play-by-play announcer for Metro State Sports at KMet Radio in the Student Media Department, as well as production assistant. I host the KMet Sports Show from 2-4 p.m. on KMetRadio.org. In addition, I'm the administrator, editor, and publisher for LightningRodSports.com. In my past, I've also served as a producer for Mile High Sports Radio, and a former Sports Talk show host for the Lightning Rod Radio Network. Sports are my life, and I aim high as a sports broadcasting and journalism major.

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4 Responses to “Bring On The Roy”

  1. Ashley Says:

    Good article, I like that there’s a youtube link at the bottom if you missed the game. I really like the way its written it kept me engaged and interested.

    Reply

  2. Sean Murphy
    Sean Murphy Says:

    Good summary of the game, I was there and this was on point. Good read and kept the flow the enitre time.

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  3. Cherise Scrivner Says:

    I liked you approach to the story. How you started it was great and the summary you provided of the entire games was great. You did a great job keeping the article intriguing and it flowed smoothly throughout the entirety of the article.

    Reply

  4. Robert Crew Says:

    Great story! I love your writing style, its conversational and entertaining.

    Reply

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