Pavel Francouz remains exemplary in shootings, and the Avalanche is still burning in Seattle

Seattle – There’s something Pavel Francoz in a penalty shootout. Maybe it’s his ability to use his wand, eg Mikko Rantanen She suggests. Or maybe his sport, like Eric Johnson Think. His left hand can also knock out opponents, Alex Newhawk Believes.

Whatever the reason, Francoz is very good when he and another skater are on the ice after overtime. Technically perfect. He has faced 12 attempted shootouts in his country NHL Professional life. Zero found the net.

“It’s a battle of who will be patient the longest,” Francoz said. “I try to stay high in my flex and get the guys up to speed and see what they do.”

This is what led to Colorado2-1 win on penalties vs A legendary sea monster on Saturday. Going against the former goalkeeper partner Philip GrobauerFrancoz did not allow a single goal on any of the shots he saw. In two, he checked the puck away from the Kraken attackers.

Franco’s shootout heroics earned Colorado their fifth win in five games. The Pacific Northwest Avalanche was back to back, after playing Vancouver on Friday, but that didn’t stop them. They went 3-0 on their trip, even with the Cal Makar (Day by Day) He missed every game due to an upper body injury.

Grubauer and Francouz were teammates for three seasons in Colorado. They both finished with 26 saves on Saturday and made big saves to keep the fast-paced, low-scoring game going.

“We just said hello to the drill,” Francoz said. “It’s always fun to play against your friend and former team-mate. He always has good matches against us.”

Johnson added, “These two are great. … They know each other so well, and it was a tough game on both ends of the ice for both of those guys. They both played great.”

Francoz was consistent against Colorado, and the Avalanche also got some breaking ground. Jimmy Oleksiak Post in the third period, hit the Yanni Gord He missed the net out of the penalty area in the first half. John Hayden He almost scored two goals to one, but his shot was also wide.

The Colorado goalie’s biggest moment came in a penalty shootout. He checked a Ryan Donato Try to start, then watch a Jordan Eberle Try sailing wide. Daniel Sprung It was the last attempt yet Nathan McKinnon Scored for Colorado, Francoz poked again by checking the puck.

“He was going a little faster and then he slowed down in front of me,” Francoz said. “I let him get really close to me. I was waiting for what he was going to do. When he was really close, I put my stick in front of him.”

Franco’s teammates cheered as he entered the locker room after the win, and Colorado will go home with all six possible points on the road swing. This brings up takeaways from the back end of the journey:

McKinnon magic

McKinnon established Francoz’s penalty shootout brilliance with an impressive move of his own. He flicked his hands like lightning, and at the last moment, moved the disk through GruPower’s legs.

“(Grubauer) knows our guys,” Johnson said. “I’m sure he expected Nate to go the gauntlet. Nate has a whole bag of tricks. I haven’t seen him go five holes very often, so that was a bit of a surprise.”

Was Francoz will stop it?

“I think I would have realized it,” he said, laughing.

Advance the death penalty

The Avalanche went 2-for-2 in the penalty shootout against the Kraken, allowing Seattle to get only two shots. In Vancouver, the penalty kick successfully stopped four strong Canucks plays and allowed only seven shots.

“There were some instances at the beginning of the first half of the year where teams were really taking advantage of the slot on us and on the D, we were a little bit more passive and still giving up on that opportunity where they were bumping it right into the slot,” Johnson said. Away but we were still taking it in. Prater said, “Let’s make an adjustment and be more aggressive. That’s busy. It’s been working for us so far.”

The team rushed towards opponents more, which resulted in fewer chances. The Avalanche is now 19th in the league in penalty shootout percentage after going 15-for-16 in its last six games.

“We just press a lot better,” Andrew Cogliano He said. “Our pressure points are much better. Prater made some adjustments so we can be on our toes.”

Newhook growth

Bednar has brought Newhawk back to center recently, playing him primarily on a line with Cogliano and Logan O’Connor. The coach, who favored the Newhawks on the wing for most of the first half of the season, said he looked better in the middle of the ice than he did earlier in the year. Against the Canucks, he remained strong at getting the puck out of the defensive zone, though Connor Garland running over it. This led Cogliano to drive the puck into the offensive zone, where the Avalanche began checking them. Newhook and O’Connor got pucked out JT Miller along the boards, and Newhook lashed for Cogliano, who scored from the hole.

“That’s kind of our line identity: go push-ups, get some pucks back,” said Newhawk. “Cogs have found a great place to open.”

“He’s a good attacking player and he plays with the puck,” Cogliano adds.

Newhook continued his strong play in Seattle. In the middle of the second period, with the lines blending in a bit, Jacob McDonald Throw the puck over the net from the blue line. Arturi Likonne Try to drive home a rebound. He couldn’t, but the puck came out to Newhook in the face-off circle in the offensive zone. upload it to the network. The young center nearly set up Mikko Rantanen with a goal later in the period. The two were in a hurry when Rantanen fed him the disc. Newhook strikes again, but perhaps too quickly. The pass seemed to keep Rantanen off guard and not in good contact with the puck, but that didn’t stop the star winger from complimenting his younger teammate after the match.

“It was really good for us,” he said. “He’s been working really hard to get better.”

Newhook started the season with zero points in his first eight games. Since then, he has scored 10 goals and 8 assists in 37 games. That’s close to the pace of 40 points and 82 games.

Myers is still looking for a scoring touch

Ben Myers He is still waiting for his first goal since being called back to the NHL club 22 games ago. He almost made a rebound attempt into the net against the kraken. He defeated Gruabauer, but his former Big Ten opponent Matty Benears Pounce on the crease and stop the puck before it crosses the line.

Headquarters update

Makar went through a warm-up before the Kraken game but wasn’t quite ready to go. Bednar graded the upper-body injury he sustained Detroit On Monday, as day in and day out.

“The bright side of it is not for the long term,” said the coach. “This is not something that will hold him back for long.”

(Photo of Pavel Francoz pinching off Ryan Donato of Team Kraken in a shootout: Steve Chambers/Getty Images)

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