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.