The Early Word: The Avalanche had a marvelous turnaround season under rookie coach Patrick Roy, going from 29th in the league to Central Division champions. But the Avs allowed the most shots of any team in the playoffs (32.7 a game; Montreal is next at 31) and the outstanding work of goaltender Semyon Varlamov was critical to reducing the impact of that stat. Hey, your goalie is part of your team, too. The Wild didn’t do much better. They were outshot by an average of one shot per game over the season. The Avs are comfortable playing it close. They led the league in performance in one-goal games, going 28-4-7.
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