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Roy, youthful Avalanche brace for Game 7 against Wild in a series home team has won each time

Tuesday, 04.29.2014 / 7:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Roy, youthful Avalanche brace for Game 7 against Wild in a series home team has won each time

DENVER - Patrick Roy was quite calm and even cracked a few jokes as his team went through a light workout. No signs of stress at all.

Of course, the first-year Colorado Avalanche coach has been in a few pressure-packed Game 7 situations as a Hall of Fame goaltender — 13 to be exact.

His players? Not as much experience. A dozen had never been to the post-season before this year.

And yet Roy's hardly fretting over his team's emotional state heading into a decisive final game Wednesday night against the Minnesota Wild, with the winner moving on to face the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

On the contrary, Roy's reminding his youthful team of one simple thing: Enjoy the moment.

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We think that Randy is a very good coach. Our players think that Randy is a very good coach. We think that he's going to get the most out of this group. With the addition of the two assistants, a bit of a different dynamic, we're very comfortable that this is a quality coaching staff that's going to maximize the potential of this team.

— Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on head coach Randy Carlyle and his staff