Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Patrick Roy Ties Mario Tremblay for Best Coaching Record to Start an NHL Season

Patrick Roy and his Colarado Avalanche are on a roll.

The Roy-led Avalanche disposed of the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Tuesday night, marking a coaching milestone for the man many consider to be the greatest goalie in the history of the game. Roy's Avs have been near perfect all season, and even though red-hot goaltender Semyon Varlamov allowed two goals for the first time all season, Steve Duchene's pair of markers helped Colorado put Roy one game from owning the NHL's longest coaching winning streak to start a tenure at seven games.

Roy, who currently shares the record with his former coach and confirmed enemy Mario Tremblay, says he really doesn't care about it. "I don't care about the 7-0," Roy said. "That's what I said to the guys before the game. We have to take care of the things we can control. What we control is how well we play the game."

But his team, who have gelled nicely under their first-year coach, do care. "For him coming in as an NHL rookie coach, people really didn't know what he was capable of. We knew as a player but not as a coach," Avs captain Gabe Landeskog said of Roy. "He's done a great job, and we love playing for him."

Roy, who played for Mario Tremblay when he won the first six games of his tenure in 1995, has a well-documented disdain for Tremblay. Roy was left between the pipes in a blowout against the Red Wings that season until he allowed nine goals in the 11-2 thrashing that came from Detroit. Check out the video below--this was no small incident in Roy's career.

On Thursday against the Detroit Red Wings, Roy can eclipse Tremblay's record (and stick the ultimate pin in his Tremblay voodoo doll), and, more important, expand his team's burgeoning early-season lead over Chicago and St. Louis.