Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/8/13
Three games into its season the Avalanche already has accomplished something it didn't all of last season in a 48-game lockout-shortened year: win three in a row. Tuesday night in Toronto the Avs of 2013-14 accomplished something it has never done since moving to Denver: get out to a 3-0 start. Hard as it is to believe for a team with two Stanley Cups on its shelf since 1995 the Avs never have gotten off to as good a start as the one they're on in the Patrick Roy Era — The Coaching Version. The Avs took a gritty 2-1 decision from the previously unbeaten Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre overcoming a 1-0 deficit on goals by Cory Sarich and P.A. Parenteau. Semyon Varlamov did the rest stopping 27-of-28 shots for his third consecutive game of allowing just one goal. "It was a great team effort" Roy said. "Penalty killing did a great job at the end. (Varlamov) has made a big commitment this year since coming into training camp and right now what I like about his play is he's making it simple. Every time you look at him it's making it look easy always staying square to the shooters. That's why he's having so much success. I think it's important for his confidence to get a win on the road because last year on the road was not as successful." Indeed Varlamov won only one game on the road last season a relief effort in which he replaced an injured J.S. Giguere late in the third period. Now he's 3-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average and save percentage over .970. This game started turning in the Avs' direction once Sarich scored with a wrist shot over the shoulder of Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier at 16:39 of the second period to tie it. Just when it looked like it might be Bernier's night Sarich took a puck down the right side and roofed the puck just under the crossbar. For Sarich it was goal No. 21 in career game No. 918.
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