ANAHEIM, Calif. — The NHL’s highest-scoring team only mustered one goal against John Gibson on Wednesday night. But thanks to the guy manning the other net, Avalanche goalie Pavel Francouz, Colorado only needed one to defeat the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center.
In center Nathan MacKinnon’s 600th career game, Francouz stole the spotlight for the Avs, who skated off 2-0 winners to begin a consecutive-night stretch in southern California.
Francouz made 34 saves for his second career shutout — both coming against the Ducks in Anaheim. He stopped all 26 shots against the Ducks in a 1-0 victory on Feb. 21, 2020.
“Favorite building, for sure,” Francouz said. “The way the game was going from the start, it looked like it was going to be a tight game. And this was exactly the same scenario like last time when we scored late in second and we battled through it in the third. So it was just the exact same game.”
The Avs’ offense only generated 17 shots through two periods and 28 for the game. But it was effective enough. Defenseman Sam Girard beat Gibson with a shot late in the second period and center Nazem Kadri added an empty-net goal in the waning minutes of the third.
It marked the first time in Avalanche history the club has produced consecutive shutouts on the road. Colorado blanked Arizona 5-0 last week.
“Frankie came up with some huge saves. I thought…