DALLAS – Are we having fun yet?
I think it was two and a half weeks ago that I stood in the dressing room of the Colorado Avalanche in Tampa, after they had just smoked the vaunted Lightning in their barn. Tyson Jost was off in one corner being interviewed about his hat trick and Pavel Francouz was off in another, regaling over his second victory in as many starts.
The Avs were unbeaten in regulation and things were just divine. Smiles everywhere. Confidence, even some swagger. The Avs of 2019-20 meant had some damn business to do, and nothing was getting in the way.
Now, cut to tonight: Long stares into the carpet. Players angrily ripping off their tape. Nobody talking to each other. The only players talking were those asked questions from intruders like me.
Look, we all know why things started to go bad. The Avs lost two all-star, first-line forwards. That’s a BIG loss. I guess what has everyone so aggravated since is the way the Avs are losing. Pathetic starts. Try-hard comebacks.
That’s not the hockey way for real hockey guys. Guys like Erik Johnson, who unloaded after the game, which you can hear here, in some uncut audio: