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Colorado Avalanche Are On Their Way to the Top

The Colorado Avalanche are surprising the NHL and the sports world. The Avalanche coming of age under first-year coach Patrick Roy and they are showing that they are not the same team.

 

Center Matt Duchene scored the winning in OT victory over Winnipeg Jets. Semyon Varlamov had 3saves. Andre Benoit and John Mitchell each had a goal and stepped up. When Colorado lost forward P.A Parenteau to a knee injury , it was nice to see the team get a good fought win.

 

Goalie Semyon Varlamov stopped 37 shots for his 100th NHL win. While helping the Avalanche beat the Blackhawks 3-2 on Wednesday night to take four of five in the season series.

Brad Malone scored his first goal of the season. Matt Duchene extended his points to a career-high nine games with a goal and an assist. Ryan O'Reilly scored what turned out to be the game-winner. The Avalanche jumped over the Blackhawks in the Central Division standings and into second place.

 

The last time the Anaheim Ducks and Avalanche squared off, Roy celebrated his first win as an NHL coach by attempting to break down the glass partition between the benches after partaking in some serious jawing with Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. The two teams picked up right where they left off in their second meeting of the season. In the midst of a testy third period, Perry was told by a referee to move further down the bench after doing a little bit of chirping.

 

The Avalanche lost 6-4 to the Anaheim Ducks, allowing six goals in the second period, but at least it made it worthwhile for fans to stick around until the end. The Avalanche scored 2 goals in the second period .

 

Elizabeth Lovato

Colorado Avalanche Correspondent

 

 

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