The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 1-0 on Monday night to remain unbeaten (6-0-0) on the road. Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere cast aside all 34 shots he faced to earn his second shutout in only three starts this season.
Pittsburgh controlled the puck for the majority of the night, with seven powerplay chances. League-leading scorer Sidney Crosby even mustered seven shots; but it was no matter, as Giguere was up to task on every opportunity.
"You have to be in the zone when you play here," said Giguere. "These guys have a lot of firepower, and I knew it was going to be a difficult game for me. You have to be on your toes and luckily for me I felt really good tonight."
Gabriel Landeskog had the only goal of the night; shooting between defenseman Brooks Orpik’s legs to beat goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. The Avalanche captain got off to a slow start this season; but with a goal in each of his last three games, appears to be finding his groove.
Crosby failed to score a point for the first time on the young season, and Pittsburgh was handed their first loss at home.
But the real story was Giguere.
The shutout (his 38th) tied him for 37th all-time. Giguere is now leading the league in goals against average (0.67), save percentage (.981) and shutouts (2). Giguere is quick to give a little of the credit for his success to his new goaltending coach: Francois Allaire.
"[Semyon Varlamov] and I are working with a new goalie coach and Patrick, who is helping us, too," said Giguere. "Altogether, I think we feel pretty good. It's a new season, a new attitude all around. It's a lot more positive.”
A long-time goalie coach, Allaire actually coached both Giguere and Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy to Stanley Cup Championships in Anaheim and Montreal, respectively.