Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy had some heavy-duty criticism for his star center Matt Duchene, after the 25-year-old scored his 30th goal of the season against the Blues on Sunday in a game that was, by that time, way out of reach. It was the first time that Duchene has hit the 30-goal mark, and the first time that any Colorado player has hit the 30-goal plateau since the 2006-2007 season, but that didn't change the way Roy felt about his celebration. See video of Roy's press conference here. "The thing I have a bit of a hard time with is the reaction of Duchy after he scores. It's a 4-0 goal. Big cheer. Are you kidding me? What is that? It's not the reflect that we want from our guys. Not at all."
On NHL Network, Mike Rupp was quick to question Roy's methods.
"I understand what he's saying--you want people to think a certain way," said Rupp on the NHL Network. "I don't like the way it was done. This was something that needs to be kept internal, because you know what, Matt Duchene's been their best player all year."
Roy wasn't only disappointed about Duchene. "I think we have a losing mindset right now," he said. "I think we have to find ways to believe more in ourself."
The Avs have gone 4-6-0 in their last ten, and have all but lost their chance to catch the Wild in the race for the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. They are five points behind Minnesota with three games left to play.