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Avs off to a fast start after 5-0 road swing @NHL

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - The sizzling opening by the surprising Colorado Avalanche has been largely overlooked because of a quarterback down the street preparing for his first start of the season.

Tim Tebow casts that big of shadow over the Mile High City.

The Avs don't mind - they relish flying under the radar, especially because this youthful squad was picked by many to wind up near the basement of the Western Conference for a second straight season.

Behind the play of rookie Gabriel Landeskog and a pair of goalies they picked up in the offseason, the Avs are quietly off to one of their fastest starts (5-1) in team history.

And that's where the attention on Tebow comes in handy.

With Tebow around, the Avs can stay out of the spotlight for a while.

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