Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Giguere Puts Up Stop Sign Colorado's Veteran Backup Goalie Makes 34 Saves, Fends off Seven Power Plays Avalanche 1, Penguins 0

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Giguere Puts Up Stop Sign Colorado's Veteran Backup Goalie Makes 34 Saves, Fends off Seven Power Plays Avalanche 1, Penguins 0

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Colorado's lineup is laced with guys capable of altering the course of any game, of stealing a point or two pretty much on their own.

It seems almost counterintuitive that a 36-year-old backup goaltender would be one of them.

At least at this stage of his career.

But the Jean-Sebastien Giguere who rejected all 34 shots the Penguins launched at him in a 1-0 Colorado victory Monday night at Consol Energy Center looked a lot like the guy who led Anaheim to a Stanley Cup in 2007, four years after earning the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP by carrying the Mighty Ducks to a Cup final.

"Giguere made some big saves," Penguins center Sidney Crosby said. "You have to give him credit."

Most of the credit, actually, for Colorado's victory, because the Penguins rang up a 34-14 margin in shots, and a commensurate advantage in scoring chances.

"There were three or four saves [on shots] that were labeled," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said.

"He was rock-solid in there."

Truth be told, Giguere has been almost flawless through the early weeks of the season, recording two shutouts and turning aside 101 of 103 shots over his three starts.

While he likely isn't a threat to unseat Semyon Varlamov as the Avalanche's go-to goalie, it's easy to understand why Colorado coach Patrick Roy had no qualms about starting him on the road against an opponent that had generated three or more goals in each of its first eight games.

The loss was the Penguins' first in six games at home this season, and dropped their record to 7-2.

Colorado, meanwhile, improved to 8-1, and burnished its credentials as a legitimate force in the NHL.

The Avalanche got the only goal it needed at 5:26 of the second period when, eight seconds after serving a hooking minor, Gabriel Landeskog used Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik as a screen and blurred a wrist shot past Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury's glove. …

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