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Georgiev Shuts Out Kuemper and Capitals For Avalanche



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The goaltending decision made by Colorado Avalanche management over the summer keeps looking better and better. The Alexandar Georgiev-led Avalanche shut out last year’s goalie, Darcy Kuemper, in a 4-0 victory over the Washington Capitals.

After another period (the first) in which the Avalanche was badly outshot, the team dominated from the second period on in getting a great victory. Avs got goals from Cale Makar, Nathan MacKinnon (a doozy), Andrew Cogliano and Artturi Lehkonen and Georgie made 32 saves for his first career shutout with Colorado.

“Feels great to get first shutout with Avs,” Georgiev told Altitude TV right after the game. “Lot of guys stepping up. Every game is important to us.”

Once the Avalanche took the lead, on a 5-on-3 goal late in the first period from Cale Makar, they just seemed to totally transform in the confidence in this game. The Avalanche gave the Caps very little offensively, while successively building on the lead by Makar.

MacKinnon’s goal came after he deked about six times past a couple Caps D guys, then put a shot to the top corner, far post. It was a truly great goal. The Caps seemed stunned from that moment on, and the game never seemed in doubt from there.

“I thought that was a huge win for us. Last game, we knew it wasn’t our best. But this was one of our most complete games of the season,” Cogliano told Altitude.

Cogs was credited with the goal after Jacob MacDonald blasted a shot that had a crazy rebound off Cosgs’ skate.

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The Avalanche forecheck and overall defensive game got a lot better after that first period in which the Avalanche was outshot 15-2 at one point. The final shots finished 32-29 for the Caps.

I thought Georgiev looked outstanding. While Kuemper looked like he did much of his time with the Avs – good in some moments, bad in others – Georgie looked like a brick wall in net. He seemed square to every shot and was way ahead of the field in terms of anticipating where the puck would go in front of him.

“Lots of good work by our forwards to get up above pucks,” Avs coach Jared Bednar told Altitude. “The other night, our goalie steals a game and tonight our other goalie gets a shutout. To have those guys anchoring our team has been nice.”

The Avalanche can close out a perfect three-game trip with a win Monday in Dallas.

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Right now Sakic’s goalie moves are looking brilliant! Hope the Georgie and Frankie show just keeps rolling. Mack and Mak are just crazy GREAT! How luck are we to be able to cheer for them! Go Avs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ryan Krueger

They are the team to beat and it is easy to see why.

Cal G

Nice the losing lads getting their rings! Well done!


All of Sakic’s moves look fantastic right now. What impresses me most about Georgie is how calm he is in the net with no wasted motion. Mac’s goal? Absolutely sic. A highlight goal if there ever was one. I said this when Lehkonen was acquired by the Avs – he’s the type of player that you build a winning team around. A very complimentary piece just beginning the prime of his career. And that’s why franchises like the fabled Habs are doomed to be losers for a long time. You just don’t trade players like Lecky. They don’t come around… Read more »

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Bob Neal

Best goaltending since Patrick was in his prime. Not sure how Joe/Chris continue to pull this off. Nice to be able to win games without having to pump in a boatload of goals. Once the Avs get healthy they are going to be hard to beat with goaltending like this. Funny, goaltending was considered their weakness going into the season. So much for the hockey pundits whoever they are.

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