Avs needed one of two scenarios to happen to remain the leaders in the central division, a regulation loss for the Struggling Blues, or a win against the Ducks.
Fortunately for the Avs, the Detroit Red Wings took care of the Blues winning 3-0, in an afternoon game. This gave Roy the chance to give Varly another night off, because the Avs are now Central division champs. Thanks Red Wings. (That’s weird to say).
Roy decided to give Jean-Sebastian Giguere his final game of the season, and most likely his last ever as they are most likely gonna ride Varlamov during the playoff Stretch.
The Ducks won the game tonight against the Avs in overtime, which capped off the last regular season Teemu Selanne will play in the league. At the end of the game as Selanne was doing his rounds thanking the Duck faithful, the Avs came back out on the ice to shake the Finnish Flashes hand. Then Teemu grabbed Giguere and did another lap around the ice with his former Duck teammate. Pure Class all around tonight.
The Avs will face the Minnesota Wild in the first round of the playoffs, and will have home ice advantage for however far they make in it the playoffs unless they matchup with the Ducks in the west or the Bruins in a Stanley cup final.
Avs also finished the season with the exact same record at home as on the road, 26-11-4.
From 29th in the league in last seasons shortened year, to 3rd in the league this season. I cannot stress how proud I am of this club that they found their identity as a team again. We as Avs fans are in for years of great hockey again. So make sure you rock the Pepsi Center during these playoff game’s. I’m doing my best to get down to Denver for the first 2 game, and I’m super excited.
If I do make it down, make sure to have a beer with me. I’ll be the awkward Canadian losing my mind because I’m just so happy.