DENVER (CBS4)– Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy couldn’t hide his disappointment in his team after their loss to St. Louis Blues on Sunday night.
“We just didn’t play a good game, I mean, for some reason we’re in a funk at home and we’re struggling winning some hockey games and it’s not the type of hockey we want to play,” said Roy.
Roy thinks the team needs to change their mindset and also blasted Matt Duchene for his celebration after scoring a goal that really didn’t help them out.
“We need to learn how to win. We need to learn to change to the mindset. I think we have a losing mindset right now,” said Roy. “I think we need to find ways to believe more in ourselves.”
“We might give up one goal, might give up two goals– who cares? We need to play our game.
“And the thing I have a hard time is the reaction of Dutchy after he scores, it’s a four-nothing goal. Big cheer. Are you kidding me? What is that? I mean, it’s not the reflect that we want from our guys. Not at all.”
Duchene scored his 30th goal late in the third for the Avalanche and Calvin Pickard had 23 saves in relief of Semyon Varlamov, who was pulled after allowing three goals on 14 shots in the first period.
Colorado’s hopes for a late-season push to make the playoffs are almost over. The Avalanche (39-36-4) trail Minnesota by five points with three games remaining, and another regulation loss or a Wild victory will eliminate them for the second straight season.
The Wild lost in Winnipeg on Sunday.
Roy also talked about the Avs leadership on the ice as they move forward.
“I think we have some good leadership. Maybe not enough from our core. Our core hasn’t proved that they have the leadership that they have to bring this team to a new level. Eventually we have to admit it. I love these guys,” said Roy. “We need more from these guys. These guys need to prove to us that they’re capable of carrying this team. We could look at ourselves in the mirror everyday but at the end of the day, our core has to be our best players.”