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Thursday, October 10th (All times Eastern)

Colorado Avalanche (3-0-0) at Boston Bruins (2-0-0), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - For the first time since relocating to Denver the Colorado Avalanche are 3-0 to start a season.

The Avs will try to stay unbeaten when they visit the 2-0 Boston Bruins for Thursday's clash at TD Garden.

Not even Colorado head coach Patrick Roy, who was the star goaltender on two Stanley Cup-winning teams in Denver, played on a team that began a season with three straight wins. The franchise was still known as the Quebec Nordiques when it last claimed three in a row to start the 1994-95 season.

Colorado earned its most recent win in Toronto, as the Avs downed the Maple Leafs by a 2-1 score on Tuesday to pick up a win in their first road game of the year. Colorado was just 4-16-4 on the road last season.

P.A. Parenteau notched a goal early in the third period on Tuesday and the Avs held on, keeping Roy unbeaten in his rookie season as an NHL head coach.

An Avalanche counter-attack early in the final period broke the tie and led to the 2-1 edge. Jamie McGinn came up with a loose puck near mid-ice, sprinted towards goal and laid off a pass to Parenteau, who led the team in goals last season with 18. The 30-year old tapped it in at the 2:30 mark for his third of the season.

Cory Sarich also lit the lamp for Colorado, while Semyon Varlamov stopped 27 of 28 shots in the triumph. Varlamov has given up just one goal in each of his three games this season.

"I think it's important for his confidence to get a win on the road," Roy said of Varlamov. "Last year on the road was not as successful."

Despite Varlamov's early-season success, Roy is expected to go with backup Jean-Sebastien Giguere as the starter on Thursday.

Colorado is in the midst of a three-game swing and will complete the trip Saturday in Washington.

The Avalanche have claimed four of the last six meetings against the Bruins overall and Colorado is 6-0 with a tie in its last seven stops in Beantown.

However, Colorado will face a well-rested Boston team that hasn't played since downing the visiting Detroit Red Wings by a 4-1 score on Saturday. That win allowed the defending Eastern Conference champion Bruins to start 2-0 for a second straight season.

Boston scored three unanswered goals in the second period of Saturday's decisive win over rival Detroit. Brad Marchand scored less than a minute into the second to spark the rally and Torey Krug contributed a goal and an assist to the win.

"There's so many things that we have to continue to work on to get better," Krug said. "It's a process; it doesn't just happen."

Jordan Caron and Zdeno Chara added a goal apiece for the Bruins, while Tuukka Rask turned away 25-of-26 shots in the triumph.

Thursday's test marks the end of Boston's season-opening three-game homestand. Next up for the Bruins is Saturday's game in Columbus.

10/10 10:40:35 ET

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Schedule

Thursday, April 24Full Scoreboard
Boston 4/24 8:00 PM ET
Detroit NBCSN, TSN, NESN, FSN-DET
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Four. Boston leads series, 2-1.
Colorado 4/24 9:30 PM ET
Minnesota CNBC, TSN2, Alt, FSN-N,WI
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game Four. Colorado leads series, 2-1.
San Jose 4/24 10:30 PM ET
Los Angeles NBCSN, CBC, FSN-W, CSN-CA
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game Four. San Jose leads series, 3-0.
Full Scoreboard

Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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