Varlamov, Offense Lead Avs vs. Philly
Thursday, 01.02.2014 / 11:09 PM / News
By Scott Ward
Semyon Varlamov was in top form Thursday, and the Avalanche played with the type of offensive reckless abandon that head coach Patrick Roy had been seeking in Colorado’s past few games.
Those two factors are why the Avs knocked off Philadelphia 2-1 at Pepsi Center and kept the Flyers winless in Denver since 2002.
Following his team’s game Sunday against Winnipeg, Roy said he wanted his players to stop striving for perfection. That is, he thought his players too often on offense were looking to make the perfect pass or hit the perfect shot.
The phrase “paralysis by analysis” doesn’t quite work here, but it’s close to paraphrasing Roy’s criticism of his team. He wanted to see his players make the opposing goalie work, instead of having some of chances torpedoed by stickhandling mistakes or too-fine pass attempts.
For one game, at least, the message was received. Both Avalanche goals Thursday came on good chances, but they weren’t great chances.READ MORE >
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Avalanche Snaps Flyers' Winning Streak
Thursday, 01.02.2014 / 11:44 PM
DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche continued its successful run when playing Eastern Conference teams, defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 at Pepsi Center on Thursday.
The Avalanche has gone 10-3-0 against the East this season, and the win was its sixth in a row at home against the Flyers, who came in on a 7-1-1 roll.
Goalie Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves and has enabled the Avalanche to pick up at least one point in each of his past nine starts, posting a 5-0-4 record in that stretch. He's allowed two or fewer goals in six of those games.
"I think we played pretty good defensive hockey; that's why we beat them tonight," Varlamov said. "It's all about the win. Everybody's excited when we're winning. I think we're playing better."
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In Midst of Olympics Buzz, Avs Look to Remain Focused
Thursday, 01.02.2014 / 4:57 PM / News
By Scott Ward
There was a lot of talk following the Avalanche’s morning skate today about yesterday’s U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team announcement in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Colorado forward Paul Stastny was one of the 25 players awarded a spot on the squad that will compete in next month’s Games in Sochi, Russia. Defenseman Erik Johnson was not, even though he was on the U.S. team four years ago that took silver in Vancouver, B.C.
So, as the Avalanche was finishing final preparations for its game tonight against Philadelphia, the prevailing questions mostly had nothing to do with the Flyers, and they had little to do with the Avalanche.
Most of the queries centered on Colorado’s No. 26 and No. 8.READ MORE >
PREGAME PODCASTListen as the Altitude Radio Network's Marc Moser goes inside the locker room before the game as the Avs get ready for the Philadelphia Flyers.
STASTNY ON OLYMPICS
* The Avalanche continues its season-long, seven-game homestand tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers at Pepsi Center.
* Colorado is 1-0-1 so far on this homestand, falling 2-1 in overtime to Winnipeg before rebounding with a 5-3 victory over the Blue Jackets.
* The Avs will play every other day during this homestand, totaling seven games in 13 days. Colorado is actually in a stretch of eight games in 14 days which ends with a trip to Minnesota on Jan. 11.
*This seven-game homestand will feature visits from the Jets, Blue Jackets, Flyers, Sharks, Flames, Senators and Islanders. This is Colorado's longest homestand since an eight-game stay from Nov. 18 to Dec. 4, 2011.
* The franchise record is a nine-game 'stand wrapped around the Olympic Break in 2001-02.
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Avs' Denver Streak Continues, with FlyersFLYERS (20-16-4) at AVALANCHE (24-11-4)
Thursday, 01.02.2014 / 8:47 AM
TV: Altitude, CSN Philadelphia
Last 10: Philadelphia 7-2-1; Colorado 4-2-4
Season series: This is the first of two games between Philadelphia and Colorado. Thursday's game marks the teams' first since Dec. 19, 2011, when the Avalanche won 3-2 in a shootout at Pepsi Center.
Big story: The Flyers have swept the first three games of their six-game road trip and will look to carry that strong play into their first game in Denver in more than two years.
The Avalanche on Tuesday night ended a bit of a slide with a no-doubt 5-3 win against Columbus. Colorado went winless in its previous four games 0-1-3 before finishing the 2013 calendar year with a victory against the Blue Jackets. Its game against Philadelphia is Colorado's third of a season-long, seven-game homestand.READ MORE >