The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - April 7th, 2014

Doug Pensinger

NHL.com has the Jack Adams Award going to Roy.

In Roy's first season behind Colorado's bench, the Avalanche have 50 wins and find themselves in a heated race with the Chicago Blackhawks for second place in the Central Division. After a shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday, Colorado had 107 points, two ahead of the Blackhawks. Should the Avalanche finish second, they would be guaranteed home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

That is why Roy is NHL.com's pick to win the Jack Adams Award as the League's top coach.

The Toronto Star has an interview with the Lokomotiv coach.

What has it meant for Lokomotiv to go this deep into the playoffs?

It’s been a very emotional thing for fans and for people in the organization. They went through the worst tragedy an organization can go through. My wife and I went to the cemetery — I saw what was out there, and I realized how devastating this tragedy really was. This team had to start at square one. Everybody’s thinking, "Hey, we kind of deserve this." It gives everyone a bit of optimism. The future bodes well.

Roy called Backes "gutless".

A scrum ensued, and by the end of it Backes and MacKinnin exchanged roughing minors while Backes also picked up a cross-checking minor and a 10-minute misconduct. Blues defenceman Barret Jackman also earned a roughing minor and 10-minute misconduct.

MacKinnon left the game for precautionary reasons.

“To me, it’s gutless,” Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy told reporters of Backes. “It shows what kind of leader he is.”

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