LOS ANGELES — Avalanche goalie Pavel Francouz continued to glow Saturday night at Staples Middle, allowing one particular objective or much less by way of regulation for the third consecutive game. He spearheaded a 2-for-2 penalty killing performance — which include a 4-on-3 downside to conclude a objective-much less extra time — and stopped all 3 photographs in the shootout in major Colorado to a sweep of its two-game trip in Southern California.
Winger Joonas Donskoi scored the only objective in the shootout, beating goalie Jonathan Rapid with a patient pull-again go in the third spherical to give the Avs a 2-one triumph from the Los Angeles Kings — who upset the Avs a week previously in the NHL Stadium Sequence game at the Air Pressure Academy.
“I know him really nicely. We played from the Kings numerous instances when I was enjoying for the Sharks. I understood this goalie really nicely,” Donskoi, who played the last four seasons in San Jose, stated of Rapid. “Usually he arrives out from the (crease) a large amount, so I assumed probably there’s a possibility to go all-around him. And I was pleased I was in a position to do that.”
Francouz was coming off his very first job shutout (26 will save) in Friday’s one- victory at the Anaheim Ducks. He faced just 16 photographs by way of regulation Saturday but built five will save in OT when the Avs ended up shorthanded for the last one:fifteen for the reason that of J.T. Compher’s hooking small.
“It’s often fantastic for the goalie if you really do not let numerous targets. But truthfully, we’re enjoying truly nicely defensively now,” Francouz stated. “We did not let numerous prospects (Friday) night and from tonight. So I consider it’s a outcome typically from the staff game.”
Colorado (36-eighteen-seven, 79 points) scored its next objective in as numerous game titles late in the next period to forge a one-one tie. Defenseman Ryan Graves bought his ninth of a time, taking a fall pass from Gabe Landeskog and utilizing a wrister to rating less than the glove of Rapid, who was remarkable to that place.
The Avs, who continued to enjoy devoid of crucial wounded forwards Mikko Rantanen, Nazem Kadri and Matt Calvert, ended up also devoid of best winger Andre Burakovsky, who skipped the game with an illness. In addition, Colorado is missing goalie Philipp Grubauer, who started the time as the No. one male.
Colorado finished -for-five on the power enjoy, falling to one-for-16 in its last five game titles. But the Avs ended up very good ample defensively to earn devoid of a power-enjoy objective.
The Avs outshot the Kings 24-ten by way of two durations but was -for-4 on the power enjoy and Rapid was powerful in all scenarios. His ideal save arrived early in the next period when Pierre-Edouard Bellemere one particular-timed a circle-to-circle feed from Matt Nieto. Rapid went facet-to-facet extraordinarily fast and used his blocker to place the puck out of risk in the corner.
The Avs outshot the Kings fourteen-seven in the very first period but trailed one- at the very first intermission. The Kings scored on a penalty shot, after Colorado defenseman Nikita Zadorov was whistled for hooking Austin Wagner from at the rear of on a breakaway.
Wagner used a snap shot to defeat Francouz on the penalty shot. Hours in advance of Friday’s game in Anaheim, the Avs introduced they had prolonged Francouz, 29, to a two-12 months $4 million agreement that commences following time.
“He was truly very good. He was truly very good tonight — again,” Avs coach Jared Bednar stated of Francouz. “We’re starting off to be expecting it from him. We really do not want him to have to be too very good. We want our defending to be solid. But when we make mistakes and give up scoring prospects-from, he’s been there to save us on most evenings. I assumed tonight, true very good hard work by him. Specifically what we need out of him.”
Footnotes. Avs rookie Cale Makar entered the game with just 8 penalty minutes in 52 game titles but was whistled for two penalties in the next period, the latter for embellishment on a enjoy he caught Dustin Brown’s adhere in the abdomen. … Burakovsky was changed by Logan O’Connor, who was recalled from the Colorado Eagles in advance of the game. O’Connor did not have to travel considerably the Eagles played Friday night in Ontario, Calif., defeating the Ontario Reign 2-one in extra time.