I feel like maybe we’re intruding on Liam O’Brien here. One minute after fighting Deryk Engelland in a brutal bout, O’Brien, he of tongue-wagging John Scott fame, smiled, licked his fingers, and adjusted his mustache in the penalty box. He seemed none the worse for wear, despite a fresh welt on his cheek.
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In Patrick Roy’s first game as head coach of the Colorado Avalanche, he set the tone of the Avs’ season when he got into a glass-shoving incident with Bruce Boudreau on the bench. The Avs, who went from worst to first this season, have taken on Roy’s fiery personality.
Even young Russian daffodil Semyon Varlamov has allowed parts of Roy’s take no shit attitude to seep into his game. Consider Friday night against the Minnesota Wild.
In Game One, as the Wild’s Mikko Koivu attempted to pressure an Avs breakout, he got a bit too close to Varlamov’s crease and he learned that you DON’T SASS THE VARLAMONSTER.