We continue our look back at the 2013-2014 Colorado Avalanche season today by highlighting Jean-Sebastien Giguere‘s shutout of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
When Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy announced that Jean-Sebastien Giguere would get the start against the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 21, 2013; Avs fans were skeptical and Pens fans were excited. Even though Giguere played well in his first two starts, only giving up two goals in those two games, Semyon Varlamov was the one carrying the Avs in net and playing the best hockey of his career. Many felt that there was no way that Giguere could stand up to the mighty Penguins offense and live to tell about it. Well, they were wrong. The Avs were out-shot by the Pens 34-14, but Gabriel Landeskog scored early in the second period and Giguere made all 34 saves, shutting out the Penguins in Pittsburgh. The Penguins had seven power play chances in the game and had 16 shots on goal in the third period, but failed to get the puck past “Giggy.”
After the game Giguere said, “You have to be in the zone when you play here. Luckily for me I was lucky tonight.” Giguere may’ve been lucky, but he was also in the zone and he turned it one of the best goaltending performances of the Avalanche season.