Colorado Avalanche | From Mario Gosselin to Pavel Francouz


(Denver) Did you know that Mario Gosselin still holds a Quebec Nordiques and Colorado Avalanche team record? If you don’t know, don’t worry: there are at least two of you.

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Guillaume Lefrancois

Guillaume Lefrancois
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“I didn’t know I had a record! launches an amused Gosselin, online. These are not things that interested me when I was playing, nor after my career. I know I was left out in my first NHL game, but otherwise I don’t know my stats! ”

Gosselin, in fact, shares his record with Philipp Grubauer and Pavel Francouz. The three have won six consecutive playoff games. And if it is, there is at least one third person who did not know this statistic: Francouz himself. “Ah, that’s cool”, dropped the Czech, with the enthusiasm of a vegetarian who discovers that a PFK is opening in his neighborhood.

Francouz’s streak is still active; Grubauer has spent his senior year. For Gosselin we have to go back to the spring of 1987 and the era of John Ogrodnick and Paul Gillis. In the first round, the Nordics had beaten the Hartford Whalers four times in a row, before winning their first two games of the next series against the Canadian. The Habs, however, ended up removing this series.

Gosselin shared the network with Clint Malarchuk. The latter was two years older and had 52 appearances during the season, against 26 for Gosselin. How did the Thetford Mines goalkeeper win Michel Bergeron’s favor in the playoffs?

“Both in the playoffs and in the season, I’ve always told myself that whatever happens, you forget in the next game,” explains Gosselin. The other thing is that I was aware of the relative importance of a game. There are no deaths in hockey! I’ve been very rational about it. Yes, it is important for teammates and coaches, but win or lose, sir, Mrs.All will still get up the next day to go to work. ”

Francouz or Kuemper?

Francouz may have to wait before hoping to break Gosselin’s record. Veteran Darcy Kuemper, the Avalanche’s number one goalkeeper, is back in full health.

Jared Bednar, head coach of the Avalanche, has a nice dilemma. Francouz played in all four games against the Oilers, scoring 10 goals out of 109 shots (.908 efficiency). Kuemper is 6-2 with a GAA of 2.65 and a .897 save this spring.

Photo AMBER BRACKEN, The Canadian Press archives

Pavel Francouz

To reporters gathered in front of him, Kuemper said goalkeepers expected to receive a text message on Tuesday evening telling them the identity of the owner for Game 1. The Avalanches have operated this way throughout the season, the Saskatchewanian revealed. .

Be that as it may, Gosselin won’t have any insomnia waiting to find out if his 35-year-old mark will hold up. He remains involved in hockey, earning a living as the owner of his goalkeeper school in Saint-Basile-le-Grand, but follows the NHL from a distance.

“I work in hockey, but I don’t watch professional hockey,” he says. Since I returned to Quebec in 1997, we have no RDS or TVA. I watch the highlights because it fascinates me to see the quality of the goalkeepers these days. Even when I was playing, I didn’t spend my days watching other games. ”

Bodes well for Point

Lightning could receive reinforcements. Brayden Point, who crashed in Game 7 of the first round series against Toronto, skated on Tuesday. Jon Cooper said a return on Wednesday is likely, otherwise the striker should be available for Game 2. Nazem Kadri’s return seems less imminent at Avalanche, but Mikko Rantanen recalled that “doctors sometimes do tricks. magic”.

Lost at the airport

As always, Jon Cooper was on fire for his press conference. The Lightning pilot returned to his first meeting with Julien BriseBois. BriseBois is the general manager of Lightning, but in 2010 he headed the school club. He was then the one who hired Cooper as head coach of the Norfolk Admirals, then a subsidiary of the Lightning. “The power went well during the interview, so when it came time to leave, Julien offered to drive me to the airport,” Cooper said. But we got lost, I was tight for my flight. I thought he knew the area, and I didn’t want to tell him, but I was wondering: why did you offer to accompany me? I ended up catching my flight just in time. But the relationship we built, our communication in the American League, moved to the NHL. ”


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