Colorado Avalanche: Top 5 Moments from 2019 Round 1

CALGARY, AB - APRIL 19: Calgary Flames Left Wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) and the teammates shake hands with Colorado Avalanche Defenceman Nikita Zadorov (16) and his team after the end of their season following the loss of Game Five of the Western Conference First Round during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs where the Calgary Flames hosted the Colorado Avalanche on April 19, 2019, at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB. (Photo by Brett Holmes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CALGARY, AB - APRIL 19: Calgary Flames Left Wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) and the teammates shake hands with Colorado Avalanche Defenceman Nikita Zadorov (16) and his team after the end of their season following the loss of Game Five of the Western Conference First Round during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs where the Calgary Flames hosted the Colorado Avalanche on April 19, 2019, at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, AB. (Photo by Brett Holmes/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – APRIL 17: Goaltender Philipp Grubauer #31 of the Colorado Avalanche looks to make a save against Elias Lindholm #28 of the Calgary Flames in Game Four of the Western Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on April 17, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Philipp Grubauer’s Smooth Pad Save

Goalie Philipp Grubauer earned the starting spot for the playoffs with his performance through March and April to even get the Avs into the playoffs. From March 3, he went 8-2-2.

I think it’s safe to say he earned the starting spot for round 2 with his performance against the Flames. Granted Calgary didn’t test him as much as Colorado tested Smith, but Grubauer was still solid. He recorded a .939 save percentage and 1.89 goals against average.

He also made the most highlight-reel of saves, one that may have saved the series. It came in Game 4 in overtime. Colorado won that game 3-2. Obviously, Grubauer failing to make that save would have resulted in a Calgary win, thus splitting the series.

The importance of the save wasn’t even what’s so amazing about it. Look at the form:

Can you believe how he just flexes his left leg, no big deal, to perfectly position his goalie pad to stop the puck? The man must have ice in his veins, like all good goalies do.

I think we can all feel comfortable with Grubauer as our number-one goalie moving forward.