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Alexandar Georgiev Stands On Head, Leads Avalanche To Victory In NY

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NEW YORK – Alexandar The Great? Maybe that’s a bit premature, but this is the right thumbnail summary of the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 shootout win over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night. Alexandar Georgiev really was great in leading the Avalanche to victory here, and how good must that have felt for the former New York Ranger?

“Real good,” Georgiev told ESPN right after the contest, a game broadcast to the nation (and even Denver Comcast subscribers).

Here’s how he looked right after too:

Georgiev outplayed the man deemed the better fit for the Rangers’ future, Igor Shesterkin, in just a tremendous performance. Shesterkin’s misplay of a puck led to the Avalanche’s go-ahead goal, a short-hander scored by Logan O’Connor in the third period. While the Rangers got a tying marker from Adam Fox, the Avalanche pulled it out in the shootout on goals from Mikko Rantanen and Evan Rodrigues.

Superstreak Bonus!

It was the Avalanche’s second straight road win and upped their record to 4-2-1 on the young season. Alexandar Georgiev finished with 44 saves. Shesterkin wasn’t chopped liver either, with 41 saves. But Georgie was better.

OTHER TAKEAWAYS/OBSERVATIONS

  • Devon Toews made his return, and was excellent in his 26:26 of ice time. The Avalanche are just a calmer team with him on the ice.
  • At the morning skate, Avalanche goalie coach Jussi Parkkila put both hands on Georgiev’s shoulder and looked him right in the eye and did some, what seemed like, motivational talking. That obviously worked, eh?
  • Gotta hand it to Rangers fans – they sell out MSG every single time. Not a seat to be had tonight. And they were loud, too.
  • The Avalanche went 1-for-3 on the power play and are 10-for-20 (50%) with the man advantage this season, the most power play goals and best power-play percentage in the NHL.
  • Valeri Nichushkin scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season, tied with Andrei Svechnikov and Steven Stamkos for the league lead. Nichushkin’s first-period tally was his fifth power-play goal of the season, also tied (Stamkos) for first in the NHL.
  • Nuke’s goal was a tip of Cale Makar’s blast from the point, on the PP.
  • O’Connor scored two goals in a game at MSG last season, and got another here tonight.
  • The Rangers always give the visiting media some kind of gift at a game. In my swag bag tonight was a Rangers blanket, some mints in a little can with a Rangers logo on it and a notebook with a Rangers logo on it. I gave it to a kid with a Rangers jersey on outside the arena after the game, and he was thrilled.
  • Thanks to a couple of you who contributed to the Avs Travel Tip Jar for this trip (looking at you, Trevor Stephens and Josh Canfield). It’s always appreciated.
  • Avalanche will practice Wednesday at the Prudential Center, and take Thursday off.
  • Here’s how they saw things from a Rangers perspective (New York Post)
  • “You knew they were going to get their chances with the talent and skill they got and the way they play,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant told the paper.

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Mike

So nice to actually watch this game, like in the old days, on the TV. Great game by Georgiev. So often, as AD has pointed out before, the Av’s get bitten by the return of a former player coming back to play them for the first time. Fun to watch it happen to the Rangers tonight. Special teams played big tonight. 4 for 4 on the PK and a shorty, and the Av’s PP continues to produce.

JD16

For once it FINALLY went the Avs way! 🙂

Jeffrey Anderson

“So nice to actually watch this game, like in the old days, on the TV.” It’s F’ing ridiculous that we are 3+ years into this Kroenke – Comcast stalemate. We fans are the only ones suffering. I get to watch 7 Avs games this year w/ my Comcast subscription! It’s sketchy pirate site streaming or pay another $25/mo to Evoca to get Altitude. The Kroenke greed and inability to grow viewership of the fanbase a season after the Cup win blows my mind! Seems like they would make up for whatever “loss” in a deal with Comcast in merchandise sales.

dk

Chapeau, Tendy. We pretty much had no business winning that hockey game…

.957 save percentage, 2.18 goals saved above expected, 4.5 puck freezes above expected, -1.15 expected rebound shots against.

Unreal fancy stats, plus the dude just looked like his place in the universe was right there in front of that net.

Thor's Hammer

Well, an entertaining game for sure. Some brain dead plays by the Avs. The Girard blunder was ridiculous. Need to hit the net or do not shoot. And he used his slapper from 20 feet and then he uses his limp wrister from 60? Hmmmm.

And MacKinnon being run over by Fox was ridiculous too. He was not himself for sure, but it is early and no need to expend now.

When will Kale score?

Rich

It’s certainly nice to see the key moves by management this past off season start to pay dividends.

dp10

Of all the arenas in the city, Madison Square Garden still is the place to be. The brutalist 70’s architecture, the grimy midtown vibe of the area, the quirky changes they have done to the arena in recent years.

After the 7-3 trashing last year and the fact that as defending champion, we have a giant target on our back, I was just happy that we got away with the W last night. Georgiev was phenomenal. But I also loved that as another newbie, Rodrigues made his mark in the shootout.

mattburns88

Was not a fan of the trade for Geo… On paper looked (not stylistically) like Frankie 2.0. Solid player but not a consistent one. At times last year he looked shaky at best. He’s certainly making the most of his opportunity to own the net. Let’s see how he responds to adversity over the long haul, but he’s checking the boxes so far. ERod is starting to fit in, looked like the system took time for him to grasp. Hooks however, put him on a milk carton. Besides the Seattle game, he’s been almost MIA this year. I like seeing… Read more »

Glendon Gulliver

I am glad to see Rodrigues starting to get more involved and scoring. I think letting him go 4th in the shootout was a big confidence booster. I agree that it is time to let him try being the 2C. I would rather let Newhook continue being a center as the 3C for now, but he may just be a better winger. Last year he scored 33 points mostly playing the wing with Compher as center. I know everyone wants Newhook to be a great center, but if he can play well as a winger, why move him? I also… Read more »

Lew Barr

While I think it is a bit early to say that Georgiev is better than Kuemper, he certainly appears to be quicker.

Trenton Dunn

Loved that Maltsev move straight to the crease. Seems ready to contribute. Way more noticeable than last year.

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