Although he has only started two games in the 2022 playoffs, goaltender Pavel Francouz has already made his mark in some way with the Colorado Avalanche.
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By signing a 4-0 shutout against the Edmonton Oilers in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final on Thursday, the Czech scored his fourth win in as many playoff games this spring.
Thus, he became the fourth goalkeeper in the history of the concession formerly located in Quebec to obtain the victory in each of his first four meetings of a year in the playoffs.
Last year, Phillip Grubauer began his post-season journey with six triumphs.
In 2001, Patrick Roy previewed the sequel with four early wins over the Vancouver Canucks in the first round; the "Avs" lifted the Stanley Cup a few weeks later.
Finally, at the time of the Nordiques, Daniel Bouchard had also started the 1984 playoffs with four victories, the year during which the fleur-de-lis team suffered elimination in the Good Friday game against the Montreal Canadiens.
Francouz has played four times in these series, but has acted as a substitute twice.
In Game 3 of the West's quarterfinal against the Nashville Predators, he was taken off the ice after Darcy Kuemper was hit in the face by Ryan Johansen's stick; Colorado won 7-3.
Two days later, he stopped 28 shots to help his team win 5-3.
Facing the Oilers, Francouz again took over for Kuemper when the latter suffered an upper-body injury in Game 1, with the Avalanche eventually winning 8-6.