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Giguere Shuts Out The Stars

by Ron Knabenbauer / Colorado Avalanche
If Avalanche goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere was tired, it didn’t seem to show.

Giguere started in net for the second time in as many nights and made 24 saves to help Colorado to a 3-0 shutout victory on Friday night over the Dallas Stars at Pepsi Center.

“I felt good. I was a little shaky in the first; I didn’t get a lot of shots,” said Giguere, who only saw four shots in the first period. “I thought as the game went on I felt a lot better and my legs got back to me.

“It was a good test for me and I’m pretty happy with how I responded.”

The shutout was Giguere’s first of the season and 35th of his career, which ranks eighth among active goaltenders. He is tied with Olie Kolzig and Patrick Lalime for 41st on the NHL’s all-time list.

It was also the second time that the Avs have kept their opponent with a zero on the scoreboard this season, with their first coming in a 1-0 win at Boston on Oct. 10.

Giguere has played great in net the last two games, with him only allowing one goal on 42 shots (.976 save percentage, 0.51 goals-against average, 1 shutout). He made 17 saves in a 1-0 loss on Thursday at Minnesota.

However, Jiggy can’t take all of the credit for how he has played the last two nights, his defense has stood up big as well, including blocking 16 of the Stars’ shots on Friday.

“We’ve been talking about protecting our house, protecting the slot and not giving opposing teams so many scoring chances,” Giguere said. “I think we have done a much better job with that. We are not giving up the blue line as much, we are being on our toes more instead of being on our heels and are not giving up as many shots.”

The victory for Giguere improves his record to 4-2-0 on the season, his save percentage to .934 and goals-against average to 1.68. The win also moved him into sole possession of 50th place on the NHL’s all-time win list with 235.

Avs-Stars Round Two: Where’s All The Scoring?

In round one between Colorado and Dallas, the goal lamp just about burned out. Round two was a little more civil.

The Avs and Stars combined for 13 goals in their first meeting of the season, a 7-6 Dallas overtime win at American Airlines Center on Nov. 4.

In the second game, goals were a premium as it was just Chuck Kobasew’s goal in the first period that held on the scoreboard until the final six minutes of the game when Paul Stastny and Matt Duchene both scored.

Kobasew said it was nice to have some breathing room with the second goal.

“That two goal lead definitely gave us a cushion,” Kobasew said. “It is a lot better to have that cushion than have it be a one goal game late.”

Stastny Shines Versus Stars

Colorado Center Paul Stastny’s goal with 5:24 remaining was his sixth goal of the season and second against Dallas in 2011-12.

In fact, Stastny now has 18 points (10 goals and 8 assists) in 18 games all-time against the Stars.

Stastny’s goal came after he picked up the rebound from a shot by Gabriel Landeskog, and slid the puck past Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen as he was falling through the crease.

He said that the team was trying to get traffic in front of the net throughout the game after they struggled to do that feat on Thursday against the Wild.

“I think we just beared down a little more. We tried to get in front of the net more,” Stastny said. “It was all created from a shot and going to the net.”

The goal also moved Stastny into a tie with Mats Sundin for 10th place on the franchise’s all-time scoring list with 334 points

Avs Host Canned Food Drive

The Colorado Avalanche, Kroenke Sports Charities and the Denver Rescue Mission hosted the annual Do What You Can Canned Food Drive on Friday against the Dallas Stars. Both canned food and monetary donations were collected at the entrances to the Pepsi Center prior to the game. All donations benefited the Denver Rescue Mission’s efforts to serve over 650,000 meals each year.

More Notes

The Avalanche opened an eight-game homestand tonight, the longest continuous homestand in Avalanche history…The Avs did have a nine-game homestand in 2001-02 but that was wrapped around the Olympic Break, and had an eight-game stay in 2008-09 but that was broken up by the All-Star Break…This current eight-game homestand includes visits from Dallas twice, San Jose, Vancouver, Edmonton, New Jersey, St. Louis and Detroit.


    9 games     Feb. 9 – March 9, 2002  (included Olympic Break)
    8 games     Nov. 18 – Dec. 4, 2011
    8 games     Jan. 16 – Feb. 5, 2009  (included All-Star Break)
    7 games     Jan. 18 – Feb. 5, 2011  (not scheduled - road game in middle was postponed)
    7 games     Nov. 16 – Dec. 6, 1996

Matt Duchene has four goals and one assist in two games against Dallas this season.

Chuck Kobasew scored his 99th career NHL goal, leaving him one shy of the 100 career goal mark.

Kari Lehtonen appeared in his 300th NHL game tonight.

Shane O’Brien skated in his 399th career game, one shy of 400.

The Avalanche scored two power-play goals tonight, the sixth time they’ve scored multiple power-play goals this year.
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