He allowed a goal on the first shot he faced in his first three Avalanche appearances this season. But backup goalie Jonas Johansson, acquired last month from Buffalo, was perfect on Friday night at Anaheim, making 28 saves as the Avs answered their biggest loss of the season with a 2-0 victory against the Ducks at Honda Center.
“It feels great,” Johansson said of his first career shutout. “Great effort by the boys tonight, helping me out. Just good stuff.”
He added: “I felt like we didn’t really have the legs tonight. We really didn’t have the passing game but we still managed to get the job done. I think that’s what good teams do.”
West Division-leading Colorado was coming off an 8-3 loss on Wednesday at Minnesota, snapping a 15-game regulation unbeaten streak (13-0-2). But Friday the Avs (27-9-4) surpassed Carolina with an NHL-leading 58 points.
Avs third-line winger Valeri Nichushkin finally broke through for the game’s first goal at 17:12 of the second period. Nichushkin one-timed a nice centering feed from defenseman Ryan Graves to cap a nice possession-laden rush by his line.
“Kind of a greasy road win. It wasn’t pretty by any means,” said Avs third-line center Tyson Jost, who assisted on the game-winning goal. “J.J. was awesome tonight. We’re pretty ecstatic for him to get his first shutout. It’s awesome. He did a great job. He was a rock back there tonight. We relied on him…