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Rapid Recap: Avalanche 4, Jets 0

Adam Werner made 40 saves in his NHL debut

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab / ColoradoAvalanche.com

WINNIPEG, Manitoba--Goaltender Adam Werner made his NHL debut in net for the Colorado Avalanche and stopped all 40 shots he faced in a 4-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Tuesday night.

Werner entered the game 31 seconds into the first period after starter Pavel Francouz was injured due to a collision with the Jets' Mark Scheifele.

Cale Makar recorded his fifth goal of the season--and third in as many games--to give Colorado a 1-0 lead in the first period. Nathan MacKinnon then took over with two goals in the third period and four points overall. Joonas Donskoi recorded a three-point outing with a tally and two helpers.

Matt Calvert had two assists and Nazem Kadri contributed an apple as well. 

Statistics | Photo Gallery | Highlights | Video: Coach Bednar | Video: Adam Werner

THE GOALS

1st Period
19:01 COL (1-0) - Cale Makar opened the game's scoring with a wrist shot that went under the glove of goalie Connor Hellebuyck after stickhandling around a Jets player at the left circle

2nd Period
No Scoring

3rd Period
00:18 COL (2-0) - Nathan MacKinnon received a pass from Matt Calvert in the slot and fired a wrister with Calvert used as a screen.
7:13 COL (3-0) - Nathan MacKinnon took a pass from Joonas Donskoi, flew by three Jets players and scored on a breakaway.
13:13 COL (4-0) - PPG, Joonas Donskoi extended Colorado's lead on the power play, knocking in a rebound. Nathan MacKinnon recorded his fourth point of the game with an assist on the tally.

Final: Avalanche - 4 | Jets - 0

3 STARS

  1. Adam Werner (COL): Stopped all 40 shots he faced after entering the game 31 seconds into the contest
  2. Nathan MacKinnon (COL): Factored on all four Avalanche goals with two goals and two assists
  3. Cale Makar (COL): Scored the eventual game-winning goal

Selected by Winnipeg media

POWER PLAYS

Colorado: 1 for 3
Winnipeg: 0 for 2

GOALTENDING BATTLE

Colorado: Adam Werner made his NHL debut and made 40-of-40 saves. Pavel Francouz started the contest before leaving 31 seconds into the first period after suffering an injury. Werner and Francouz shared a team shutout.
Winnipeg: Connor Hellebuyck stopped 21 of the 25 shots he faced.

STAT OF THE NIGHT

Adam Werner made a little history on Tuesday night as he became the first goaltender with Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques to win his NHL debut in relief. He is also the first Avs goalie to win his NHL debut since Vitaly Kolesnik made 20-of-21 saves on Dec. 7, 2005.

NOTEBOOK 

Cale Makar scored for the third straight game, becoming the first Avalanche rookie defenseman to have a three-game goal streak… Makar is on a four-game point streak and is one of two Colorado blueliners to record 18 points in the first 18 games of a season (John-Michael Liles, 2010-11)… Nathan MacKinnon factored on all four Avalanche goals, recording his seventh career four-point outing... Matt Calvert of Brandon, Manitoba, wore the Avalanche's third alternate captain letter in the game… Calvert recorded two assists and now has 100 in his NHL career… Colorado and Winnipeg were meeting in the first of four games this season… The teams next face off on Dec. 31 in Denver in a New Year's Eve matchup. 

QUOTABLE

Nathan MacKinnon on Adam Werner's performance: "Amazing, I mean we had no idea what he was capable of, we just shot on him a few times in practice and morning skate. He's a gamer. Obviously he didn't look nervous at all, looked very comfortable. I think he came over from the Swedish Elite League and was really amazing over there last season so what a performance by him and a great start to his career."

BIG HIGHLIGHT

Video: COL@WPG: Makar dangles past defender and scores

IMAGE OF THE GAME

The day after Canada's Remembrance Day and the United States' Veterans Day, the Winnipeg Jets honored the Canadian Armed Forces pregame and throughout the night.

ROSTER REPORT

Goaltender Adam Werner made his NHL debut in relief of Pavel Francouz, who was making his third consecutive start in net… Tyson Jost centered a line with Andre Burakovsky and Matt Nieto… Jayson Megna returned to the lineup to play in his fifth game of the season after being scratched on Thursday at the Columbus Blue Jackets… Kevin Connauton and Logan O'Connor were healthy scratches after being recalled from the American Hockey League's Colorado Eagles on Monday.

INJURY UPDATE

Goaltender Pavel Francouz left 31 seconds into the game with an apparent head injury and did not return after Winnipeg's Mark Scheifele drove to the net and collided with him... Head coach Jared Bednar did not have an update on Francouz's status after the game… Nikita Zadorov is week-to-week while recovering from a broken jaw… Pierre-Edouard Bellemare is in concussion protocol… Gabriel Landeskog (out indefinitely), Philipp Grubauer (day-to-day), Mikko Rantanen (week-to-week) and Colin Wilson (day-to-day) all remain out with lower-body injuries… Bellemare and Grubauer are on the trip and participated in morning skate.

UP NEXT

The Avalanche's five-game road trip continues on Thursday at the Edmonton Oilers. Colorado will play four Western Canada teams on the trip, as the club will also visit the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames before wrapping up the trek at the Minnesota Wild on Nov. 21.

The Avs are on their second of three road trips that span five games or more this season. This is just the second time in franchise history that the club will have three trips of at least five games (also 1999-00). The 11-day trip is the longest that Colorado will spend away from home this season.

LINE COMBINATIONS

Based on start of the game
Forwards
72 Joonas Donskoi - 29 Nathan MacKinnon - 11 Matt Calvert
13 Valeri Nichushkin - 91 Nazem Kadri - 37 J.T. Compher
83 Matt Nieto - 17 Tyson Jost - 95 Andre Burakovsky
12 Jayson Megna - 81 Vladislav Kamenev - 36 T.J. Tynan

Defensemen
49 Samuel Girard - 6 Erik Johnson
27 Ryan Graves - 8 Cale Makar
28 Ian Cole - 44 Mark Barberio

Goaltenders
39 Pavel Francouz (starter)
30 Adam Werner (backup)

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