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Greatest Moment of 2013-14 Round 3: Roy Rocks the Partition vs. Varly Makes the Save Sans Mask

It's the battle of the goaltenders today, folks.

Harry How

Roy Rocks the Partition (3)

As soon as it was announced that Patrick Roy was going to the be the new head coach for the Colorado Avalanche, stories spread in anticipation of the antics he might bring. Questions loomed about how'd tackle bluelines in practices and how long it would take him to challenge the opposing coach to a bout at center ice. That it happened in the first game was no surprise. Leading up to this moment was a cheap shot on rookie Nathan MacKinnon, and interviews since suggested that Roy had planned this kind of response to the first slight that came his way. Bruce Boudreau and the Ducks generously obliged on opening night, giving Roy the chance to show his team—and the home crowd—that he was 100% behind them.

Varly Makes the Save Sans Mask (5)

Semyon Varlamov is an extraordinarily talented goalie. He also has some Roy-like fire in him. Despite a broken mask and errant stick, Varly stays in the play and makes the save to keep his team up by two. Phoenix just didn't have a chance.