The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - April 9th, 2014

Derek Leung

In case you missed it, the Avs set a franchise record with the win against the Oilers.

The win was Colorado’s 25th road victory of the season, setting a franchise record. That’s impressive considering the teams the Avalanche have iced in the past, having won two Stanley Cup championships.

“We played a really sound game, we played really well,” said Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy. “I thought we were sharp in the three zones. We played well in our zone, we played well offensively and I thought we forechecked well in the neutral zone, we didn’t give them much.

“We have a team record for wins on the road and our players deserve credit for that. They’re playing hard every night and every day they come on the ice and they’re ready to play, it makes me extremely proud of them.”

The Canucks will have a new GM and president of hockey operations.

The Vancouver Canucks fired general manager and president of hockey operations Mike Gillis on Tuesday, less than a day after the team was officially eliminated from the playoffs for the first time in six seasons.

"The Vancouver Canucks had success under Mike's leadership, and we nearly reached our ultimate goal; but I believe we have reached a point where a change in leadership and new voice is needed," chairman of Canucks Sports and Entertainment Francesco Aquilini said in a statement.

Gillis was hired in 2008, replacing Dave Nonis.

The Edmonton Journal has a recap of the Avs - Oilers game that also takes a look at the position both teams were in last year, and this year.

The Avs are now 7-0-1 in their last eight games with a commanding record of 35-0-2 when leading after the first 40 minutes. They were up 2-1 at Rexall Place before Tyson Barrie put away Colorado’s second power play goal of the game.

Jamie McGinn, with a backhand shot, added to the scoring summary 16 minutes into the third.

“They’re doing something right,” defenceman Jeff Petry said after the Oilers had lost their 21st home game on fan appreciation night. “That’s where we want to get to. That’s a team that works hard. They don’t ever sit back.”

The Avs finished 29th overall in 2012-13, won the lottery and selected the lightning-quick Nathan MacKinnon with the first pick overall. It was the first time since 2009 that the Oilers hadn’t had the first selection.

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