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Avs 3rd string goalie earns shutout in epic NHL debut

13 novembre 2019
For 22-year-old Swedish netminder Adam Werner, the night of Tuesday November 12th, 2019 will go down as one of the most memorable nights of his life. As the 3rd string goalie for the Colorado Avalanche, Werner is anything but a household name, but if you google his name this morning, you'll find plenty of coverage of his incredible 40-save shutout in his NHL debut against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.

Pavel Francouz was expected to play last night's game against the Jets, but unfortunately for him, a collision with Winnipeg forward Mark Scheifele would render Francouz unconscious, just 31 seconds into the first frame, forcing the rookie, Werner, into action.



Werner received his call-up from the Avs' AHL affiliate Eagles earlier this month to play backup to Francouz when the Avs' primary backstop, Phillip Grubauer, went down with a lower-body injury. Prior to the call-up, Werner was 5-4-0 through 9 games for the Eagles, posting a 2.88 GAA and a .908 save percentage. Far from stellar, but those are not the numbers that people are paying attention to after Tuesday night's dominant performance against the Jets, a 4-0 win.

Avs forward Nathan MacKinnon was absolutely thrilled for the young backstop. “I'm really happy for him. It's an amazing performance for (Werner),” MacKinnon said. “First start ever, came in so comfortably and made some huge saves. It wasn't just an easy game for him.” But MacKinnon wasn't the only player to praise Werner's efforts on Tuesday as Jets captain Blake Wheeler offered his thoughts of the performance. “I would say there was enough to get a couple by him,” Wheeler said of Werner. “You got to give him credit, he did a good job. Puck was finding him.”

With his performance, Werner became just the 9th goalie in NHL history to record a 40-save shutout in his NHL debut. Although he may only see limited action this season, barring injury, the former 5th rounder has a solid foundation on which to build moving forward.

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