Found February 04, 2014 on
Pro Sports Daily:
When Jean-Sebastien Giguere skated to the bench with two minutes and 33 seconds left in the third period of a one-goal game, probably much of Avalanche nation went “Is Patrick Roy crazy?”
Yes, crazy like a fox. Let Monday night be remembered as the night the Avalanche coach gambled and won in a risky decision to pull Giguere for the extra skater that turned the one-goal deficit into a 2-1 overtime win for the rolling Avalanche over the New Jersey Devils.
With nothing working to that point in the Avs' quest to put a puck past Devils goalie Cory Schneider, Roy implemented a variation of the “Why not us?” motto of this year's team.
“Why wait? Might as well know right away,” Roy said, after Ryan O'Reilly won the game at 28 seconds of OT, tapping home Matt Duchene's setup pass with the Avs on a 4-on-3 power play. “(We) had the line I thought would be best for us to score the goal. But I won't take credit for this. The players did it.”
To set the scene better: Schn...
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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Okay, we're long past waiting for the Colorado Avalanche to come back to Earth. Now the better question is just how good this team can be.
The Avs won their fourth in a row Monday night, nipping New Jersey 2-1 in overtime at The Rock in Newark. They have now won 13 of 17, and on Monday it was Jean-Sebastien Giguere getting a rare start and...
Ryan O'Reilly scored a power-play goal 28 seconds into overtime and the Colorado Avalanche rallied for a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night.
The Avalanche tied the game with 1:47 left in regulation on a goal by PA Parenteau after they pulled goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere with 2:30 remaining.
Devils defenseman Andy Greene was called for a penalty shortly...
The Colorado Avalanche are clicking in the offensive zone. The New Jersey Devils certainly can't say the same.
The Avalanche will try to keep both trends going Monday night in New Jersey as they open a four-game East Coast swing heading into the Olympic break.
A 7-1 home win over Buffalo on Saturday gave the Avalanche (35-14-5) 16 goals during a three-game winning streak.
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The Colorado Avalanche come to town tonight as one of those exceptions to the #fancystats rules. They are riding unbelievable goaltending (1st in the league) and shooting (5th) with poor puck possession (21st) into an all-but-guaranteed playoff spot in April. Many have expected them to falter as the law of averages catches up, but it hasn’t...