Paced by solid goaltending, the Colorado Avalanche remain focused during their best start since relocating from Quebec 18 years ago.
The Avalanche look to continue their unbeaten streak when they host the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night.
After missing the playoffs the last three seasons, Colorado (5-0-0) joins San Jose and St. Louis as the only NHL teams without a loss. However, first-year coach and Hall-of-Fame goaltenderPatrick Roy does not want to make too much of the team's surprising start.
"We take it one day at a time and just say, `Why not? Why not us?'" said Roy, who helped lead the Avs to Stanley Cup titles in 1996 and 2001. "We're working hard every day. We're humble. We know we're playing against good teams."
As Petr Klima once said, “You need a really long stick to score from the press box.”
Nail Yakupov might laugh at that quote one day, if only he wasn’t so upset about not being able to score with a regulation shaft at ice level.
That’s part of the reason he was a healthy scratch for the first time in his star-studded life Saturday in Toronto, making the 20-year-old Russian doubly frustrated with the start of his highly-anticipated sophomore season.