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“We Have Huge Two Points” – Pavel Francouz Steals One In Carolina



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Frankie says…relax. Look it up, kids. It’s a song from the 1980s, when people in this country used to have fun. Pavel Francouz was Frankie tonight, and if he didn’t go Hollywood (I won’t give up on this pop culture reference yet, not by a long shot), he at least went full Triangle on the Carolina Hurricanes.

Outshot 48-15, Frankie told Colorado Avalanche fans they could relax in the end, in a 3-2 overtime victory in Raleigh. The Avalanche swept the season series from the Hurricanes, beating them twice in a week.


Too many great saves by Frankie tonight to mention individually. Honestly, Frankie stole the hockey game, a game the Avalanche had NO business winning. Best goaltending performance I’ve seen in a long time. Memories that come to mind: Craig Anderson beating San Jose in a playoff game, 2010, Patrick Roy on….numerous occasions.

Also, a great quote from Frankie to Kyle Keefe right after the game:

Superstreak Bonus!

This was a stagecoach robbery tonight, folks. The Hurricanes had the puck for what seemed the entire hockey game, and the final shot totals reflect that. But somehow the Avalanche won the game, on an overtime goal from Artturi “Mr. Clutch” Lehkonen, off a great pass on a 3-on-2 from J.T. Compher.

Lehkonen one-timed a slapper past Antti Raanta, and that was the hockey game. A great win for the Avs, a great win for Frankie.

When the Hurricanes didn’t score on their power play with 1:49 left in regulation, on an Alex Newhook accidental high stick, I knew the Avalanche would win. Carolina was just jittery all night in the clutch to know they’d blown their last, best chance to beat the defending Stanley Cup champions in their barn.


  • Newhook had a great game, the accidental high-stick notwithstanding. He scored a great mini-breakaway goal, after a great pass from Josh Manson, and almost scored a couple other times.
  • Poor Andreas Englund. The recent call-up from the Eagles bodychecks Frankie late in the game, leading to the tying goal for Carolina. Not sure what kind of blame Jared Bednar will place on No. 88 for that, but no doubt Englund isn’t feeling great about that tonight.

  • OK, now let’s state the obvious: The Avalanche can’t play games like this and expect to win. Frankie bailed his team’s ass out tongiht, but a professional hockey team should never get just 14 shots on goal in an overtime game.
  • Cale Makar played 32:48 in the game.
  • Carolina is a good team. This could have been a Cup Final preview. That said, the Hurricanes have some problems in goal, with Raanta. Freddy Andersen is hurt. Carolina can only hope he comes back soon.
  • Englund’s Corsi tonight: Two events for, 14 against. Not good, Bob.
  • Then again, Andrew Cogliano’s 4-20 Corsi wasn’t too good either.
  • Nor was Erik Johnson’s 4-24.
  • Or Anton Blidh’s 1-9.
  • Or, Logan O’Connor’s 3-19.
  • Makar’s Corsi was 16-17. Along with Newhook and Pavel Francouz, they were the best players for the Avalanche tonight, along with Lehks.
  • By the way, some great analysis in the Altitude studio tonight by Adam Foote. Looking sharp too:

  • Keep in mind, Avalanche playing without five good players right now (Landeskog, Girard, Byram, Nichushkin, Helm).
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peter martin

Wasn’t awesome but it’s one game. Let’s see how they handle WSH. I hope Englund bounces back big time!

Bob Neal

Well speaking as Bob, I still think Englund is a very good player. However, while I don’t know what constitutes a “Corsi event”, I do know Bednar said the collision was Frankie’s fault and that they would address it in practice. What an absolutely stunning goaltending exhibition by Frankie, who then says it was “fun”. When you win a game being outshot 3-1 you need to thank your lucky stars and I hope they gave Frankie the first 3 stars of the game.


Binnington and the Blues robbed us Tuesday night in 6 on 3… tonight the tables were turned. That’s hockey for you.

Of course 15 to 48 shots is ridiculous, but first of all a reaction by the Hurricanes after our last meeting with them was to be expected and secondly, if as the Canes you are shooting that much and you aren’t outscoring your opponent, you are doing something wrong. It’s a classic case of helping the goalie find his groove.


No one could expect to see any Av player with a positive Corsi after this performance. Frankie definitely earned the first star as he stole the 2pts.


The Crime of the Century. Definitely more than a few garbage cans being kicked in the Canes room last night.

And I almost turned it off when they got to overtime… I saw MacKinnon as one of the skaters to start OT and thought, “great, Bednar hasn’t seemed to learn.” Thankfully Mack didn’t f*** this one up like he’s done so much before.

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Krista Hogan

Haven’t seen an Avs game like that in years. It is going to happen from time to time and the way Carolina plays, they were the ones to do it to us. Carolina was hungrier than we were but the Avs hung as tight as they could. But Frankie was absolutely the difference. Once it got to 3-on-3 (which I HATE for OT (please bring back 4-on-4) but tonight I was glad for it), I knew we would have a good chance to pull it out. Footer is getting more comfortable in the studio and is definitely looking good. 😉… Read more »

John Mauss

AD, Every point you made was right on, including a good show by Adam–Katie Gaus was good as well. Best announced post game show this year.

Karl Keen

Truly one of the worst performances the Avs have had in franchise history, but particularly for the last several years. Very disappointed in their mindset. It’s one thing to play hard, but lose when you are shorthanded, it is a different thing to just sail it in from the first minute of play. I hate to question Bednar, but calling up players and then giving them only 4 minutes of ice time because they did not have the perfect first shift doesn’t seem logical. We are drastically overplaying our top players right now and are going to wear them out.… Read more »

Karl Keen

I do want I add I understand we would won, but we only won because Canes biggest weakness is their lack of dangerous playmakers. It was so bad I did turn it off in the third.


…wait, who else played last night….

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