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Feisty as ever, Patrick Roy wins coaching debut as Avs beat Ducks 6-1

Thursday, 10.03.2013 / 12:35 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Feisty as ever, Patrick Roy wins coaching debut as Avs beat Ducks 6-1

DENVER - Semyon Varlamov was sharp in making 35 saves, and Jamie McGinn scored two goals, leading Colorado to a 6-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night in Patrick Roy's coaching debut with the Avalanche.

Ryan O'Reilly, John Mitchell, Matt Duchene and Steve Downie added goals for the Avalanche, who improved to 19-8-7 on opening night. Top pick Nathan MacKinnon set up both of McGinn's goals with no-look passes. Alex Tanguay, back with Colorado for the first time since the 2005-06 season, had three assists.

Varlamov stuffed the Ducks all evening but lost his bid for a shutout in the closing seconds when Jakob Silfverberg slipped a shot by him.

Viktor Fasth struggled for Anaheim, allowing three goals in the second period.

Things got heated after the final horn, with some players getting into a skirmish near the benches. Even Roy got into the act as he jawed from behind the glass.

Quote of the Day

You know what? We've played in some pretty special buildings along this playoff run so far. You start in Detroit, you go to Montreal, you come here … I think it's the first team to beat three Original Six teams to get to the Final if I'm not mistaken. That says how tough the road has been. Those are tough places to win.

— Lightning forward Steven Stamkos after Game 7 win vs. Rangers on Friday in New York