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Avs: New slogan: It’s all about Varly

Published: March 31, 2014, 12:34 pm, by Paul Klee

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Whether it was P.A. Parenteau going down, Alex Tanguay going down, Matt Duchene going down, or a number of other injuries, the Avs are rivaling the Broncos as the most unlucky club in town.

The Broncos overcame their misfortunes to win a conference title.

So can the Avs.

Here’s how: Semyon Varlamov must continue his outstanding play in goal. Duchene, the team’s points leader, is out for four weeks with a knee injury, Patrick Roy confirmed after their practice today (above). Duchene could return for a second-round playoff series.

The unfortunate development doesn’t change what’s always been the case with these Avs.

It’s all about Varly.

“We’re not looking for excuse; we’re looking for solution,” Roy said with the resolve who’s been here before.

And Roy has been here before. On their way to the 2001 Stanley Cup championship, Roy’s Avs lost Peter Forsberg. The greatest player I’ve seen in an Avalanche uniform sustained a ruptured spleen during the Western Conference semifinals. The Avs thumped the Blues in the conference finals and the Devils in the Stanley Cup finals, both without Foppa.

“Our culture was: we have to work hard every time we were on the ice,” Roy said of the 2001 champs. “We have to find ways to win hockey games. That is what this team has been doing all year.”

Much will be made of Duchene’s absence. It will be written, probably in long and colorful words, that his knee injury is a crushing setback for the Avs. Truth is, their playoff aspirations comes  down to four words.

It’s all about Varly.

It says here the Avs can win multiple playoff series, including one against the Blackhawks in the first round, without Duchene. The key is more brilliance from Varly, who leads NHL goaltenders with 37 wins. 

The Avs say, “Why not us?”

(Shameless column plug for the genesis of “Why not us?”)

Here’s our catchy slogan for Colorado’s playoff push: It’s all about Varly.

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