Colorado Avalanche | From Mario Gosselin to Pavel Francouz

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

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Guillaume Lefrançois

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“I didn’t know I had a record! puts an amused Gosselin on the line. These are things that didn’t interest me either while playing or after my career. I know I had a shutout in my first game in the NHL, but other than that, I don’t know my stats! »

In fact, Gosselin shares his record with Philipp Grubauer and Pavel Francouz. The three have won six straight playoff games. And if so, then there is at least one third party who didn’t know these statistics: Francouz himself. “Ah, that’s cool,” said the Czech with the enthusiasm of a vegetarian who discovers that a PFK is opening in his neighborhood.

Francouz’ winning streak continues; Grubauer passed his final 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 Nordiques had beaten the Hartford Whalers four times in a row before winning the first two games of the following series against the Canadians. However, the Habs ultimately removed that series.

Gosselin shared the net with Clint Malarchuk. The latter was two years older and had 52 starts during the season versus 26 for Gosselin. How did the Thetford Mines keeper win Michel Bergeron’s favor in the playoffs?

“Whether it’s the playoffs or the season, I’ve always said to myself that no matter what happens, it’ll be forgotten in the next game,” explains Gosselin. The other thing is that I was aware of the relative importance of a game. There are no fatalities in hockey! I was very rational there. Yes, it matters to teammates and coaches, but win or lose, sir, everyone will still get up to go to work the next day. »

Francouz or Kuemper?

Francouz may have to wait before hoping to beat Gosselin’s record. Veteran Darcy Kümper, the Avalanche’s number one goaltender, is back to full health.

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

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Pavel Françouz

Speaking to reporters gathered in front of him, Kuemper said the goalies were expecting a text message Tuesday night with the identity of the Game 1 starter. The Avalanche have worked that way all season, the Saskatchewan revealed.

Whatever the case, Gosselin won’t have any insomnia while he waits to find out if his 35-year-old mark will hold up. He remains involved with hockey, earning a living as the owner of his goalie school in Saint-Basile-le-Grand, but he follows the NHL from afar.

“I work in hockey, but I don’t watch professional hockey,” he says. Since I returned to Quebec in 1997, we have had neither RDS nor TVA. I watch the highlights because it fascinates me to see the quality of goalkeepers these days. Even when I was playing, I didn’t spend my days watching other games. »

Good prospects for Point

The Flash might get reinforcements. Brayden Point, who fell in Game 7 of the first-round series against Toronto, was skating Tuesday. Jon Cooper said a return on Wednesday was likely otherwise the striker should be available for Game 2. At the Avalanche, Nazem Kadri’s return seems less imminent, but Mikko Rantanen recalled that “doctors sometimes perform magic tricks”.

Lost at the airport

As always, Jon Cooper was fired up for his press conference. The Lightning pilot returned for his first meeting with Julien BriseBois. BriseBois is the Lightning’s general manager, but in 2010 he was in charge of the school club. It was he who hired Cooper as head coach of the Norfolk Admirals, a subsidiary of the Lightning at the time. “The current was going well at the interview, so Julien offered to drive me back to the airport when it came time to leave,” Cooper said. But we got lost, I was short for my flight. I thought he knew the area and I didn’t want to tell him, but I asked myself: why did you offer to drive me? In the end I caught my flight just in time. But the relationship we built, our communication in the American League, carried it over to the NHL. »

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