Avalanche expects to regain old form

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 23, 2014 at 6:22 pm •  Published: April 23, 2014
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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Some things, Patrick Roy said, aren’t worth losing sleep over. At the top of the list for the Colorado coach: Monday night’s 1-0 overtime loss to the Wild in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.

Roy said Tuesday he put that game “in the garbage can,” viewing it as an anomaly for a team that ruled the first two games of the series. He is confident the Avalanche will get back to its old self in Thursday’s Game 4 at Xcel Energy Center, despite having to move on without defenseman Tyson Barrie. He will miss the rest of the series because of a knee injury inflicted by a Matt Cooke hit in Monday’s game.

Despite Barrie’s importance to the Avalanche, Roy said his absence won’t complicate things. The coach noted that his team has overcome injuries to other key players this season and can stay the course this time as well. To do so, Roy said, the Avalanche must keep its game simple and rely on its considerable strengths.

“This is what we’ve been doing all year, finding a way to win when we lose an important player,” Roy said. “When we lost (center) Matt Duchene, everyone thought we were going to struggle, and our guys picked it up and found a way to win. I’m expecting them to do the same thing on this one. This is not a time of year where you have to feel sorry for yourself.

“(Barrie) is important to us, but at the same time, we have to be who we are. We cannot change our game. The guys need to play their game and find a different way to get some offense.”

Duchene, the Avs’ leading scorer during the regular season, injured a knee March 31 and just resumed skating Monday. Another center, John Mitchell, also is out because of an upper-body injury, and winger Alex Tanguay played only 16 games because of knee and hip injuries. Forwards PA Parenteau and Paul Stastny also missed stretches of the season while injured.

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