Mac-K Gets Avs to 5-0-0

nathan mackinnonWell the storybook start to the season continues. With the 5-1 victory over the Washington Capitals on Saturday, the Avs improved to 5-0-0 on the 2013-14 campaign.

Everything we’ve seen thus far this season continued in the nation’s capital and more. After the Avs lead 2-0 after the first period with goals from Alex Tanguay and an absolute beauty from Matt Duchene, 1st overall pick Nathan MacKinnon got in on the action with his first NHL career goal.

Tanguay added his second of the night in the third period along with one from Jamie McGinn to give the Avs the 5-1 victory and Roy loves it. “I like our intensity, there’s no doubt about it,” said Avs Head Coach Patrick Roy. “I thought we were very focused before the game and we jumped at them right at the start.” The Avs are blowing out their opponents to start the season, as they’re outscoring the opposition 18-4 through five games.

Goaltender Semyon Varlamov continued his torrid start by stopping 40 of 41 shots to give the Avs his fourth straight start with only allowing 1 goal in each of those four contests. Saturday night in Washington it came that much sweeter for the 25-year old with it being his first game against his former team since being traded in 2011. “In the warm-up, my legs were shaking,” Varlamov said. “The whole first period my legs were shaking, but after first period, I [felt] so much better.” Patrick Roy loves what he’s seeing from his goaltender. “Varly was outstanding out there. He made a lot of big saves,” said the first-year head coach.

Varly and the Avalanche will try to continue their hot start when they come back home to Pepsi Center to take on the 2-2-0 Dallas Stars at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Anthony Rodriguez

Anthony Rodriguez

Anthony is the Founder, Administrator, Editor and Publisher of Lightning Rod Sports. Originally from California, Anthony has been raised in the Rocky Mountains and Denver area for most of his life. Anthony works with the Emmy-winning student-run T.V. newscast at MSU Denver, The Met Report, as the Assistant General Manager, formerly the Sports Producer, as well as Lead Anchor and Production Assistant. He is currently the Play-by-Play Announcer, Color Commentator, and Production Assistant for the Metro State Broadcast Network, and calls games for Metro State soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball, and softball as a “Voice of the Roadrunners.” In addition to that work with the Metro State Broadcast Network, Anthony also hosts the monthly 30-minute magazine show called "The Roadrunner Review" which airs on Altitude Sports and Entertainment. He hosts the bi-weekly "KMet Sports Show" on KMET Radio at He is also the Founder, Administrator, Editor, and Columnist for his own Denver Sports website, Anthony is also part of the Social Media team at, and has worked with the Altitude Radio Network for the Avalanche and Nuggets. Anthony is a former Producer for Mile High Sports Radio, as well as a former Sports-Talk show host on the LightningRod Radio Network.

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