Pavel Francouz makes 46 saves in Avalanche overtime win over Carolina Hurricanes


RALEIGH, N.C. — One week after returning from an international trip in which Jared Bednar bucked his early-season trend of alternating goalies whenever the Avalanche played back-to-back days, there was no reason to stray from Alexandar Georgiev. The new starting goalie was functioning beyond preseason expectation during a three-game win streak.

But Bednar chose to put backup Pavel Francouz back in net for a night, ending a 14-day stretch without competing for the Colorado fan favorite. They chanted “Frankie” as he beat the Hurricanes for his first win of the season. Bednar admired his performance enough to reward him another start in the rematch. What did the coach like best?

“He won,” Bednar said before the game. “That’s what I liked about him the best.”

Francouz surpassed that with a 46-save outing in a 3-2 overtime win Thursday night. This time he wasn’t afforded the backdrop of adoring home fans, instead facing an engaged Carolina fanbase with ambitions set on a first Stanley Cup since 2006. The Avalanche (9-5-1) swept the season series against the Hurricanes.

Colorado was outshot 48-14.


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