Klee: Look out for the other 6-0 pro team in Denver

By: Paul Klee
October 15, 2013 Updated: October 16, 2013 at 12:03 pm
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Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin (91) watches as Colorado Avalanche right wing Steve Downie (17) catches the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

DENVER - Don't look now.

Actually, do. There's another 6-0 team in town.



"Eventually we will lose a game," center Matt Duchene said in the locker room Tuesday after scoring two goals as the Avalanche beat the Stars 3-2.

Losing? What's that?

The Avs are 6-0-0. The Broncos are 6-0-0, too.

How's that for pressure, Nuggets coach Brian Shaw?

"We want to be 7-0," Avs winger P.A. Parenteau said. "We want to win every game."

Pssst, here's a secret: I learned where the cool kids hang out when the Broncos aren't playing.

They're all at the Pepsi Center. Duchene, Parenteau, Semyon Varlamov, Gabe Landeskog, Nathan McKinnon and the Avalanche boys are keeping pace with the Broncos.

What is this, 1998?

The Broncos haven't lost a regular-season game since Oct. 7, 2012 (Week 5 of last season). The Avs haven't lost a regular-season game since April 27 (the finale of last season). It only feels much longer for the Avs.

"This year is way different than last year," defenseman Jan Hejda said.

Wayyyy different.

Roy different.

"Tonight was not our best game," coach Patrick Roy said.

Thanks to another rock-solid show from Varlamov, the Avs won anyway.

"I guess goaltending is crucial in this league," Roy added, being funny.

His career winning percentage, like his one-liners, is first among NHL coaches who are active and actively knocking down the partition that separates the benches.

Roy is perfect on both — 6-for-6 in wins and 1-for-1 in partitions.

"The biggest thing is he has so much respect for us, and we have a lot of respect for him," Duchene said.

As if the hockey gods are laughing at their own joke, Roy tied the record for consecutive wins to start his coaching career (six).

Guess whom he tied? Montreal coach Mario Tremblay. He's the coach who traded Roy to the Avs in 1995.

"I don't know what to say," Roy said of the potential record. "That doesn't happen very often."

Looking back, the trade came about when Tremblay left Roy in goal after Roy had allowed nine goals — against the Red Wings.

Roy can break Tremblay's record on Thursday — against the Red Wings.

"I'm not real excited about that record, to be honest with you," Roy said. "I'm excited about the way our team has been playing."

Who wouldn't be?

This is no six-game wonder. This is a hitting, scoring, shot-stopping wonder.

This is Roy different than last year, when the Avs finished dead last in the Western Conference. What 15,208 paying, patient fans saw Tuesday felt real, because the Avs were as sharp as a spoon and still won.

"What I'm happy about is we bounced back (from a 1-0 deficit)," Roy said.

During a scrum in the third period, Parenteau stuck a finger in the mouth of a Stars defenseman. The player seemed surprised there was a finger in his mouth.

Here's another surprise:

There are two undefeated teams left in the NFL. The Broncos are one.

There are two undefeated teams left in the NHL. The Avs are one.


Twitter: @Klee_Gazette

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