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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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DECEMBER 10, 2019
TOP 20 G A PTS
JOHN TAVARES
2 1 3
CONNOR MCDAVID
- 3 3
SEBASTIAN AHO
2 - 2
JACK EICHEL
2 - 2
ZACK KASSIAN
2 - 2
JOEL ARMIA
1 1 2
ANDREW COPP
1 1 2
MICHAEL FROLIK
1 1 2
BRENDAN GALLAGHER
1 1 2
ZEMGUS GIRGENSONS
1 1 2
DOUGIE HAMILTON
1 1 2
CALLE JARNKROK
1 1 2
ALEXANDER KILLORN
1 1 2
JOHAN LARSSON
1 1 2
NINO NIEDERREITER
1 1 2
SAM REINHART
1 1 2
ZAC RINALDO
1 1 2
REILLY SMITH
1 1 2
TOMAS TATAR
1 1 2
TYLER TOFFOLI
1 1 2
COMPLETE LIST  
NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
CONNOR MCDAVID
33 55
LEON DRAISAITL
33 54
NATHAN MACKINNON
30 47
BRAD MARCHAND
31 46
DAVID PASTRNAK
31 45
JACK EICHEL
32 44
JOHN CARLSON
32 43
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
30 37
ARTEMI PANARIN
30 37
ALEKSANDER BARKOV
30 36
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
DAVID PASTRNAK
31 25
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
32 21
JACK EICHEL
32 20
NATHAN MACKINNON
30 19
AUSTON MATTHEWS
32 19
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
CONNOR MCDAVID
33 36
LEON DRAISAITL
33 35
JOHN CARLSON
32 32
NATHAN MACKINNON
30 28
BRAD MARCHAND
31 28
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON
32 43
DOUGIE HAMILTON
31 30
CALE MAKAR
29 28
VICTOR HEDMAN
27 27
KEITH YANDLE
30 26
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ROOKIES GP PTS
CALE MAKAR
29 28
VICTOR OLOFSSON
32 28
QUINN HUGHES
30 24
ILYA MIKHEYEV
32 17
MARTIN NECAS
27 16
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
WINS GP W
BRADEN HOLTBY
23 15
FREDERIK ANDERSEN
25 15
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
25 15
DAVID RITTICH
25 14
TUUKKA RASK
19 13
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
SHUTOUTS GP SO
PEKKA RINNE
17 3
JAROSLAV HALAK
12 2
TRISTAN JARRY
12 2
ALEXANDER GEORGIEV
14 2
CARTER HUTTON
15 2
COMPLETE STANDINGS  

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