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Giguere Comes Up Big Against Hometown Team
Jean-Sebastien Giguere stopped 29 Montreal shots to earn his fourth win and remain unbeaten on the season.
It looked like Giguere would possibly earn his third shutout in four games heading into the third period, but Brendan Gallagher scored from the top of the crease at 3:38 of the final frame to end any hope of the shutout and tie the game at 1-1.
The goal was the first that Giguere had given up since Oct. 21 at Pittsburgh and ended his shutout streak at 122 minutes, 33 seconds.
The veteran goalie didn't allow another puck to get past him, though, as he finished with 13 saves in the final 20 minutes. He also received some help from his offense, which scored three times in the final 12 minutes to help the Avs pick up their sixth straight victory.
Through four games this season Giguere has only allowed three goals and has a 0.75 goals-against average, a .977 save percentage and two shutouts.
-The Avs have won six straight games, tying their season long win streak…Colorado opened the year with six consecutive wins, lost to Detroit on Oct. 17, and has won its last six.
-The Avs had a streak of 22 consecutive penalty kills come to a halt tonight.
-Jean-Sebastien Giguere had his shutout streak end at 122 minutes, 33 seconds.
Avalanche finishes strong, defeats Canadiens
Rick Sadowski | NHL.com
DENVER -- On a Saturday night when the Colorado Avalanche honored former defenseman Adam Foote by retiring his No. 52, the 2013-14 Avalanche extended its winning streak to six games with a 4-1 win against the Montreal Canadiens before a record Pepsi Center crowd of 18,152.
"It was pretty solid," Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said of his team's third-period effort. "When they made it 1-1, we just stepped our play up another notch. I thought that was great."
The Avalanche has matched the 1994-95 Quebec Nordiques for the best start in franchise history with its 12-1-0 record.
When Alex Tanguay sustained a knee injury in the second period, Roy moved MacKinnon from center on the third line to right wing on a unit with Landeskog and Paul Stastny. It paid off when Landeskog set up MacKinnon with what proved to be the game-winning goal.
Facing Canadiens a Special Night For Roy
On the 82-game NHL schedule, tonight's matchup with the Montreal Canadiens is just another game for Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy.
He is looking for his club to have success with its systems, dictate the pace of play, get some good scoring chances and ride the momentum from last night's 3-2 overtime win in Dallas to a victory on home ice.
But while the game itself is just like any other, the opponent makes it a special night for Roy, as he played 11 full seasons with the Canadiens and helped the franchise win two Stanley Cups in 1986 and 1993.
"I've been saying to everybody that it is just another game, but deep inside I guess its not," Roy said. "It's always special to play against a former team."
Roy's departure from Montreal on Dec. 6, 1995 has been well documented, and its safe to say that the two parties didn't have the best relationship at the time of "Le Trade."
All due respect to Ray Bourque and Rob Blake, Footer was the best Avalanche d-man. #AvsWarrior52— BBKevin (@BrgBrigadeKevin) November 2, 2013
Captain Landy!!!!! #AvsWarrior52— Debra Koehler (@PinotFino) November 3, 2013
A freakin beauty from MacKinnon. On the backhand even. #AvsWarrior52— James (@jamesborders) November 3, 2013
Adam Foote Jersey Retirement Saturday
Known as one of the grittiest defensemen in Avalanche history, Adam Foote is about to earn franchise immortality.
Colorado will face the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night (8 p.m. MT), and it will do so underneath Foote’s newly-hanged “52.” A pregame ceremony is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. to celebrate Foote and add his name to the list of former Avalanche players who have had their numbers retired: Joe Sakic (No. 19) Peter Forsberg (No. 21), Patrick Roy (No. 33) and Ray Bourque (No. 77).
Doors to Pepsi Center will open at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and fans are strongly encouraged to be in their seats by 6:45 p.m. For those unable to attend, Altitude TV will air a special broadcast, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Foote will be the ninth player in franchise history to have his sweater number retired, as the Quebec Nordiques also retired the jerseys of Peter Stastny (No. 26), Michel Goulet (No. 16), Marc Tardif (No. 8) and J.C. Tremblay (No. 3).
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- At 11-1-0, the Avs have equaled their best start through 12 games in franchise history (1994-95 Nordiques were also 11-1-0).
- The Avs are 6-0 on the road, matching their longest road winning streak to begin a season in franchise history. The 2011-12 team also opened 6-0 away from home. The NHL's only unbeaten road team, Colorado is outscoring the opposition 17-6 in its six road contests.
- The Avs this weekend are playing their first of 10 back-to-back sets this season, as they host the Canadiens tonight after beating the Stars 3-2 last night in Dallas. The Avs had nine back-to-backs during the shortened season a year ago.
- The Avalanche and Canadiens will meet twice this year, tonight in Denver and March 18 in Montreal. This year marks the first time that these two clubs will meet more than once in a season since 1999-2000.
- The Avs have won three straight over the Canadiens, and the Avalanche/Nordiques are 52-66-15 all-time against the Montreal. Colorado is 13-4-3 versus the Canadiens since moving to Denver in 1995.
- Avalanche Head Coach / VP of Hockey Operations Patrick Roy led Montreal to two Stanley Cups (1986, '93) before leading Colorado to two (1996, 2001). The Hall-of-Famer had his jersey retired by both the Canadiens and Avalanche, one of only six players to have his sweater number retired by two teams.
- Roy has guided the Avalanche to an 11-1-0 record in his first 12 games behind the bench, joining Marc Crawford (1994-95 Quebec) as the only coaches in NHL history to win 11 of their first 12 games.
- The Avalanche enters tonight's game with a streak of 20 consecutive penalty kills, their longest streak of the year. In fact, it's the club's longest streak since also killing 20 in a row from March 14-24, 2012.
- Colorado has the league's No. 1 ranked penalty-killing unit at 92.7% (38/41).
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Roy to Coach Avalanche For First Time vs. Canadiens
CANADIENS (8-6-0) at AVALANCHE (11-1-0)
TV: CBC, RDS, ALT
Last 10: Montreal 6-4-0 ; Colorado 9-1-0
Season series: This is the first of two meetings between the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche. They will meet again March 18 at Bell Centre. The teams have not played in more than two years; the Avalanche beat the Canadiens 6-5 in a shootout Oct. 15, 2011.
Big story: It's the first game behind the bench for Avalanche coach Patrick Roy against the team with which he won the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1986 and 1993. The Hall of Fame goalie spent the first 10 1/2 seasons of his career with the Canadiens; he was traded to Colorado, where he also won the Cup twice, in the middle of the 1995-96 season.
The game will pit one of the NHL's best power-play units against its best penalty-killing unit. Colorado leads the League on the penalty kill at 92.7 percent , while Montreal is fifth on the power play at 23.6 percent.
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