The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - October 9th, 2013

Claus Andersen

NHL.com has a recap of the Colorado Avalanche over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Semyon Varlamov stopped 27 shots, allowing only Joffrey Lupul's second-period goal. Varlamov has been in goal for all three of Colorado's games this season, allowing three goals on 91 shots. That's a big change from last season, when Varlamov was 11-21-3 with a 3.02 goals-against average and a save percentage of .903 for a team that finished last in the Western Conference.

"He made a big commitment this year to come in ready, right from training camp," Roy said of Varlamov. "Right now what I like about his play is that it's simple. Every time you look at him, it looks easy. He's always square to the shooter. He's at the right place and he plays a simple game. I think that's the reason he's having so much success."

Nathan MacKinnon, the first player chosen in the 2013 NHL Draft, had the second assist on Parenteau's goal, giving the rookie four points in three games. The Avalanche did a solid job killing a third-period penalty to preserve the lead.

The Toronto Star sought out advice for Patrick Roy on how he can manage his anger.

The advice for out-of-control hockey parents can apply to NHL coaches too.

If you don’t do something to control yourself, Patrick, the ACC staff might be wise to reinforce the glass partition that separates the players’ benches for tonight’s game between your Colorado Avalanche and the Maple Leafs.

Anger management experts consulted by the Star suggest you didn’t have to wreck the furniture to make your point that you were angry with Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau last week.

Patrick Roy, however, says that controlling his emotions will be very easy for him.

And now he is running the Avalanche shop on a non-guaranteed contract, aiming to be the rare great player who becomes a great coach. He has, in fairness, paid his dues, or had his dues pay him. But the same furnace is in there, boiling away. He just turned 48.

“Has he changed? Older, maybe,” says Tanguay. “But as far as the rest, he’s got a passion for the game that never left him. I remember playing with him, and seeing before the game, how he was. And before the first game [this season] I saw him walking around, pacing, and it was very similar to what it was as a player. I think he’s been really good for our team, bringing a lot of intensity.

“I don’t know how you’d describe it — he’s got that aura around him, that swagger, that presence. And he demands, he wants intensity. He wants to win.”

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