Saturday night was a night to remember for Colorado Avalanche goaltender Pavel Francouz.
Francouz made his first start in the National Hockey League and earned his first win in the league, stopping 34 shots against the Arizona Coyotes at Pepsi Center. He became the first Avalanche goaltender to earn the victory in his first career start in the league since Vitaly Kolesnik on Dec. 7, 2005 against the Boston Bruins.
The Plzen, Czech Republic, native also became the fourth Avalanche netminder since the franchise relocated from Quebec to have accomplished the feat as Peter Budaj (Oct. 8, 2005 at the Dallas Stars) and David Aebischer (Oct. 18, 2000 at Columbus) also did so.
"It's been great, I was dreaming about a moment like this my whole life, and I was just trying to enjoy every second of that," said Francouz. "I was really happy that it worked out, and we were able to win this game.