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Giguere's tirade lights fire under Avs a little too late as team eliminated from post-season

Monday, 04.15.2013 / 3:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

DENVER - Jean-Sebastien Giguere doesn't regret boiling over and blasting his Colorado Avalanche teammates.

He just wishes he could've said something sooner.

The veteran goaltender's ire helped the Avs catch a little bit of fire, but it was too late as over the weekend the team was officially eliminated from the post-season for a third straight season.

Giguere fumed after a loss to Calgary last week that some of the players were more focused on post-season vacation plans in Las Vegas than their performance on the ice. Since his harsh criticism, the team is 2-0-1.

Only when Giguere was playing more, filling in for the injured Semyon Varlamov, did he feel like it was his place to express his frustration.

As for his rant, well, he wouldn't change anything he said.

I didn't think it would actually work, but it ended up working, so I'm thanking my lucky stars tonight.

— Columbus forward Nick Foligno on scoring the overtime goal after telling the Blue Jackets in the locker room that he would win the game