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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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NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
LEON DRAISAITL 30 51
CONNOR MCDAVID 30 51
NATHAN MACKINNON 27 44
BRAD MARCHAND 28 44
DAVID PASTRNAK 28 43
JOHN CARLSON 30 42
JACK EICHEL 28 38
ARTEMI PANARIN 26 33
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU 27 33
PATRICK KANE 27 33
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
DAVID PASTRNAK 28 25
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN 30 20
CONNOR MCDAVID 30 19
NATHAN MACKINNON 27 18
BRAD MARCHAND 28 18
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
LEON DRAISAITL 30 33
CONNOR MCDAVID 30 32
JOHN CARLSON 30 31
NATHAN MACKINNON 27 26
BRAD MARCHAND 28 26
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON 30 42
DOUGIE HAMILTON 28 28
CALE MAKAR 27 27
ROMAN JOSI 27 24
VICTOR HEDMAN 23 23
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ROOKIES GP PTS
CALE MAKAR 27 27
QUINN HUGHES 28 23
VICTOR OLOFSSON 28 22
ILYA MIKHEYEV 30 17
MARTIN NECAS 26 16
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
WINS GP W
BRADEN HOLTBY 21 14
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK 22 14
TUUKKA RASK 17 13
JORDAN BINNINGTON 22 13
FREDERIK ANDERSEN 23 13
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
SHUTOUTS GP SO
PEKKA RINNE 16 3
JAROSLAV HALAK 11 2
CARTER HUTTON 14 2
TUUKKA RASK 17 2
PETR MRAZEK 18 2
COMPLETE STANDINGS  

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