The Globe and Mail likes Roy's pizzazz.
Colorado showed the bones of a potentially high-scoring team, able to run three solid lines Wednesday. Returning from an injury that limited him to two games last season, Steve Downie rode shotgun on the top line with Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly and looked like a great fit. Alex Tanguay, who began his NHL career living in Roy’s basement as a teenage prospect, contributed three assists and a steadying presence on the team’s power play.
And best of all, after Roy’s outburst, things quieted down quickly and didn’t get out of hand.
Good. The last thing the league needed was a stupid bloodbath a day after the George Parros-Colton Orr fight that left Parros with a concussion and out cold on the ice.
National Post has an article up about expectations set early in the season.
The return of NHL hockey is a flood, and the waters are rushing in. In Washington, Alexander Ovechkin is as good as he has ever been. In Pittsburgh, Marc-André Fleury is airtight. In Edmonton, all is lost. In Calgary, all is not lost. In Vancouver, John Tortorella is crazy. In Colorado, coach Patrick Roy is on pace for US$820,000 in fines.
Can you spot the overreactions in that paragraph? Well, one of them is easy. Patrick Roy could easily blow past that number. He could get fined more than that after killing a peanut vendor by throwing the bench at him.
As for the rivalry, MacKinnon said it has ended for him.
"I think it's over tonight, to be honest with you," he said. "It was our first [NHL] game and now I think it'll be a little less hyped up. Maybe when we go to Nashville they'll want to do some stuff on it, but here at home for the most part it's going to be toned down a little bit. It's just going to be a Nashville against Colorado thing."