They are on the table. You know what I'm talking about.
Head coach Patrick Roy challenged his team to be more – well, without using the anatomical metaphor – much more gutsy following their two game setback in Minnesota. The Avalanche certainly responded to that inquiry in front of the home crowd as they dramatically came back to win in overtime.
"What do you think?" Roy said with a small smile to counter the question if they had taken on the coach's provocation.
"I'm happy we all agree on this. We all agree on this, we did tonight," he continued.
Colorado entered the game with an edge even as they continued to struggle to speed up offensively. Even as they surrendered the lead in the third period – giving up two goals in the span of nearly two minutes – the Avalanche were calm, resilient and determined.
There was a fight in the team – spurred in part by Roy's brazen and burlesque remarks - that was lacking in games three and four on the road in Minnesota.
"The way we played, I don't know what to call it, it's almost like we had an attitude going into those games like we were satisfied and that's not okay," captain Gabriel Landeskog asserted. He laughed t
hat everyone knew what Roy meant with his comments and they're all adults. "That's something that we certainly have to change."
With a victory on Monday, the Avalanche can clinch the series. That should be incentive enough for the team – and there's no need for any other oh-so elegant motivation.