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Avalanche Locker Room: Georgiev on ‘Confident’ Team, Malgin’s Play



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Another game, another win for the Colorado Avalanche, who are surging up the standings in the Central Division.

Led by the red-hot Denis Malgin, and strong goaltending from Alexandar Georgiev, the Avalanche took down the Chicago Blackhawks by a score of 5-0.

In the locker room, all anyone wanted to do was talk about Malgin and how hot he is right now. Malgin, however, was quick to give credits to his teammates and his luck finally turning around.

After his fifth shutout of the season, Georgiev talked about the team playing with confidence, as well as what Malgin has added to the team.

Take a look at Georgiev’s post-game media availability, and read what Malgin and head coach Jared Bednar had to say after the game.

Denis Malgin On His Line’s Chemistry:

“A good line, they make life easy and [I] just try to play my game. Tonight, I had the luck a little bit and it went in.”

Malgin on the depth chipping in:

“I think that’s really important that guys can step up every single night. Another guy and that’s important for the team.”

Avalanche coach Bednar on the fourth line:

“I thought they were great right out of the gate, probably our best line early in the first. Good night from them, too, when you look at the analytics side of it. What they got, what they gave up, they were pretty good.”

Bednar on Evan Rodrigues’ Injury:

“From that hit along the boards. Upper-body. Not at this time (on if it was concussion protocol related).”

Bednar on Galchenyuk’s game:

“That’s the best game he’s played for us. I thought he was good tonight, helped that line a lot.”

Bednar on Malgin:

“He’s been great. He’s hard to play against, and he doesn’t throw the puck away. He doesn’t turn the puck over. He’s heavy in traffic, he’s fearless, he’s competitive. Broke up a bunch of plays tracking back into the zone. And he’s equally as confident with the puck in the defensive zone on breakouts. If you want it from him, you’ve got to go take it from him. He’s a complete player. He can play both sides of the ice.”

Bednar on if the team gets momentum when a guy like MacDermid scores:

“Oh, yeah. No question. He was dangerous tonight.

Bednar on the team keeping the momentum going after a good road trip:

“It’s big. We’ve kind of been in this position before, where we’ve tracked down the teams in front of us, got real close, and then didn’t handle it properly. Had a little dip in an our game, and we’re trying to learn from that. Coming back off a good road trip like that, it’s one day, guys are tired, energy is low, playing a game against a team you feel like you should beat. I just thought it was a smart, disciplined hockey game from our guys. We had our breakdowns, here and there, but for the most part, I think we stuck to the plan and executed pretty well. But it’s big to be able to do that. Now we’re right in striking distance again.”

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