Patrick Roy: ‘We can’t play like this’

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The Colorado Avalanche’s first three games have been quite the mixed bag.

They surrendered four unanswered goals over a 5:07-minute span in the third period to suffer a 5-4 loss to Minnesota in the Avalanche’s opener. Colorado responded by getting two points out of a game versus Dallas, but the Avalanche suffered a crushing 6-2 loss against the Bruins last night.

“I’m not happy. I’m not happy at all,” Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said, per the Denver Post. “We didn’t compete like we should. We turned the puck (over) on the last four goals. We made poor decisions in the neutral zone. That can’t happen.

“I understand if we don’t have our ‘A’ game. That doesn’t mean we need to be 5-0 in the hole before we start playing.

“Tonight, I saw things where we were out of control. It was chaos in our own zone. We just couldn’t focus. If you watch the video, we had guys changing on (one) goal while the play was coming in our end. It’s unacceptable. We can’t play like this. If we want to make the playoffs, this is not the type of performance we need.”

Perhaps the most concerning part of the Avalanche’s first three games has been Semyon Varlamov, who now has a 5.06 GAA and .841 save percentage. Under Patrick Roy, the Avalanche are a team that consistently gets outshot and they’ve relied on Varlamov to make up that difference.

Varlamov wasn’t happy with his performance on Wednesday, although Roy noted that it’s not all about him.

“You look at the goal he gave up in the second, no help,” he said.

At the end of the day, a 1-2-0 record is far from a disaster, even if its not ideal. A win in Anaheim on Friday would go a long way towards putting this all behind the Avalanche.