Coach Speak: Patrick Roy vs Dave Tippett on Avs win in Phx

Late in regulation, Colorado tied their game vs. the Coyotes in Phoenix.  Then, in overtime, Ryan O’Reilly scored the game-winner for the Avalanche.

With the point earned, Phoenix still hasn’t lost at home in regulation.  They now sport a 9-0-2 record.  Meanwhile, Colorado remains the only team to still be undefeated when they score first, running their record to 14-0-0.

After the game, here’s what both coaches had to say…

– Coyotes coach Dave Tippett on the overall game: “I thought we did a lot of things very well in the game. I thought we controlled a lot of the play. I think we had upwards of something like 75 attempts at net so there’s a lot of good things, but in a tight game mistakes matter and when you put a team on the power play twice over time it usually comes back to bite you, and it did.”

– Tippett on his team’s energy level: “We had good energy; I didn’t mind our energy at all. The goals that happened in the game, there was a couple seeing eye goals that find their way through and then usually in a game like that when you get a couple called back you end up fighting it, so we got ourselves back in the game, it’s just unfortunate we took the two penalties that really give them a chance to win it.”

– More from Tippett: “I thought territorially we were doing alright, they were doing a pretty good job of defending, too. (Colorado Goaltender Semyon) Varlamov was obviously getting in front of a lot of pucks and we had a few second chances. I didn’t think we worked hard enough to get to second chances as much as we could have and in the end Marty (Hanzal) ended up getting the tying goal on a second chance kind of thing.”

– Avs coach Patrick Roy on the overall game: “I thought we had a good start of the game. We did a lot of good things out there, no doubt, and in the second we had another decent period, but obviously the goal gave them some life at the end of the period and then they were solid in the third (period). I mean, they were faster than us on the puck, they were jumping on those loose pucks, but you know what, we found a way to win.”

– Roy on the comeback victory: “I think it showed a lot of character. It would have been easy to feel sorry for ourselves when they took the lead, 3-2, but I thought that our guys were resilient again and we just found a way to score that tying goal and obviously in overtime we took advantage of our power play.”

– Roy on the amount of shots allowed by his team: “This is something we have to look at… I think we’re giving a little too many shots… I’m curious to see where they’re coming from. If it’s coming from the outside of the blue line this is a very active ‘D’ that they had tonight and I thought they had a lot of shots on net, but I’m going to have to take some time to get the coaching staff to look at it and try to reduce the number of shots, but when you’re playing one of the best teams in the league it’s not the number of shots that you’re going to give that you want it’s the win, and you could care less about how many you’re going to give them…”

BONUS QUOTES…

– Avs forward Gabriel Landeskog on turning 21: “I owe the guys a few beers so I’m looking forward to taking that step in my life. I guess that’s a pretty big deal here in the States.”

– Landeskog on his team finding ways to win: “That’s what good teams do and that’s what we have to learn and I think tonight they pushed us back in the third (period) and they had a lot of scoring chances and put a lot of pucks on Varly and once again he stood tall and I think it was a huge goal from the third line once again and it’s just about finding ways to win and that’s what we did.”

– Coyotes forward Antoine Vermette on the overall game: “It’s disappointing when you don’t get those two points, there is no doubt. We got a good push in the third (period) and created good chances for ourselves. That was a strange way to finish the game, putting ourselves four-on-three twice, it’s something you want to take back, but we have to find a way to win next time and get those two points.”

– Vermette on what transpired during the second intermission: “We kept it positive, even Tip (Dave Tippett) came in and said we were doing some good stuff out there. We did in the past where we push the game along and keep doing good things, and usually good things happen from that. For the most part, it was a case where we were pretty positive.”

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