Avs Roundup. Games 2 & 3. Third Line Leading the way

Posted: October 9, 2013 in Avs vs. Nashville Predators, Avs vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Colorado continues to turn heads in the young NHL season, by beating Nashville 3-1 on Friday, and then handing Toronto their first loss of the season with a 2-1 win at the Air Canada Centre. Rookie Nathan MacKinnon is leading the way on the Avs third line, and is tied for the team lead in points (4) with his linemates Jamie McGinn, and PA Parenteau.
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The Avs defense has holes, but just call goaltender Semyon Varlamov the repair man because he is mending them quite nicely. During the Toronto game, the Avs took the lead early in the third period, and while they looked solid for the first half of the period, it was Varlamov who came up with big saves at clutch times to keep the Avs ahead.

Colorado is a different team. They’re showing life, something that zombie coach Joe Sacco rarely did. They’re playing with fire, and passion that they seemed to lack during Sacco’s tenure. The Avs landed 44 hits against the Maple Leafs, and every single skater managed at least 1 hit. They’re finishing checks, fore-checking aggressively, and it is leading to opportunities in the offensive zone.

It’s the first time in Avalanche history that the team has started 3-0. They beat a defensive minded team in Nashville, scoring 2 goals, and adding a third with an empty net, but their biggest challenge of this young season will take place tomorrow when they go head to head against the Eastern Conference champs last year, the Boston Bruins. While it is an exciting time to be an Avs fan, keep in mind that Colorado has played about 3.5% of its season. Look at it this way, if a quarterback in a football game throws the ball 30 times in a game, each throw is about 3.33% of his game. You’re not going to judge a quarterback’s game based on one throw…unless you’re Tony Romo throwing an interception at the end of a 48-48 game.

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