NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, October 10th
(All times Eastern)
Colorado Avalanche (3-0-0) at Boston Bruins (2-0-0), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - For the first time since relocating to Denver the
Colorado Avalanche are 3-0 to start a season.
The Avs will try to stay unbeaten when they visit the 2-0 Boston Bruins for
Thursday's clash at TD Garden.
Not even Colorado head coach Patrick Roy, who was the star goaltender on two
Stanley Cup-winning teams in Denver, played on a team that began a season with
three straight wins. The franchise was still known as the Quebec Nordiques
when it last claimed three in a row to start the 1994-95 season.
Colorado earned its most recent win in Toronto, as the Avs downed the Maple
Leafs by a 2-1 score on Tuesday to pick up a win in their first road game of
the year. Colorado was just 4-16-4 on the road last season.
P.A. Parenteau notched a goal early in the third period on Tuesday and the Avs
held on, keeping Roy unbeaten in his rookie season as an NHL head coach.
An Avalanche counter-attack early in the final period broke the tie and led to
the 2-1 edge. Jamie McGinn came up with a loose puck near mid-ice, sprinted
towards goal and laid off a pass to Parenteau, who led the team in goals last
season with 18. The 30-year old tapped it in at the 2:30 mark for his third of
Cory Sarich also lit the lamp for Colorado, while Semyon Varlamov stopped 27
of 28 shots in the triumph. Varlamov has given up just one goal in each of his
three games this season.
"I think it's important for his confidence to get a win on the road," Roy said
of Varlamov. "Last year on the road was not as successful."
Despite Varlamov's early-season success, Roy is expected to go with backup
Jean-Sebastien Giguere as the starter on Thursday.
Colorado is in the midst of a three-game swing and will complete the trip
Saturday in Washington.
The Avalanche have claimed four of the last six meetings against the Bruins
overall and Colorado is 6-0 with a tie in its last seven stops in Beantown.
However, Colorado will face a well-rested Boston team that hasn't played since
downing the visiting Detroit Red Wings by a 4-1 score on Saturday. That win
allowed the defending Eastern Conference champion Bruins to start 2-0 for a
second straight season.
Boston scored three unanswered goals in the second period of Saturday's
decisive win over rival Detroit. Brad Marchand scored less than a minute into
the second to spark the rally and Torey Krug contributed a goal and an assist
to the win.
"There's so many things that we have to continue to work on to get better,"
Krug said. "It's a process; it doesn't just happen."
Jordan Caron and Zdeno Chara added a goal apiece for the Bruins, while Tuukka
Rask turned away 25-of-26 shots in the triumph.
Thursday's test marks the end of Boston's season-opening three-game homestand.
Next up for the Bruins is Saturday's game in Columbus.
10/10 10:40:35 ET