Georgiev Shines as Avalanche Seal 1-0 Shootout Win Over Islanders


Patience pays off. 

The Colorado Avalanche defeated the New York Islanders 1-0 in a shootout on Monday night at Ball Arena, as the Avalanche continued up their five-game homestand. Colorado is now 17-11-2 on the season.

For the Avalanche, Evan Rodrigues scored the shootout winner, while Alexandar Georgiev backstopped the winning performance with 26 saves on as many shots in regulation and made three saves in the shootout to record his second shut out of the season. 

For the Islanders, Ilya Sorokin made 46 saves on as many shots in regulation. 

Tweet from @Avalanche: 26 saves and a shutout against the Islanders!#GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/iTCtHxRVtJ


GAME SUMMARY:

The second – and final – meeting of the regular season between the Avalanche and Islanders required extra time and eventually, a shootout. 

The Avalanche’s patience paid off against the stingy Islanders as they had outshot them 44-26 in regulation. 

Second and final meeting of the regular season – Isles had won previous meeting on Oct. 29 5-4 after mounting a full comeback despite trailing the Avalanche 3-0 in the second period 

The Avalanche and Islanders skated out to a relatively uneventful and evenly matched 0-0 first period, where the Isles held an 11-10 edge in shots on goal. 

The game took a similar theme in the second period – where Colorado’s power play went 0-for-2 – but neither team was able to find the back of the net. The Avalanche tested Sorokin with 15 shots compared to the seven shots the Islanders threw at Georgiev, but the stalwart contest remained 0-0 heading into the final frame of regulation. 

In the third frame, the Avalanche outshot the Islanders 19-8. 

With both team’s netminders playing sharp, it was fitting that extra time and an eventual shootout would be required to determine a victor. 

Colorado mostly dominated overtime and put up two shots and held the Islanders to none. In the extra five-minute period, Cale Makar fed J.T. Compher crossed the slot but Compher’s shot wrung off the crossbar and Sorokin also denied a last-second chance from Makar as he was set up by Rantanen on the doorstep. 

In the shootout, Georgiev denied Simon Holmstrom, Mathew Barzal and Anthony Beauvillier, while Rodrigues executed a nifty deke before tucking the puck past a sprawled out Sorokin for the shootout winner. 

Tweet from @Avalanche: GEORGIEV SHUTOUT!#GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/d4mPLn9glT


NOTEWORTHY:
  • Rodrigues scored his third shootout goal of the season. 
  • Cale Makar led time on ice with 31:48 minutes. 
  • Andrew Cogliano left the game in the third period and did not return. There was no immediate update on his status. 
  • Kurtis MacDermid returned to the lineup for the first time since Nov. 12 after suffering a lower-body injury. The forward skated alongside Jacob MacDonald and Martin Kaut and totaled 3:52 minutes and threw three hits. 
  • Georgiev made his 19th start of the season and his record improved to 13-6-2 and earned his second shut out of the season.
  • Colorado finished the game 0-for-2 on the power play and 1-for-1 on the penalty kill. 
  • Nathan MacKinnon (upper body) and Denis Malgin (who was acquired via trade from Toronto on Monday morning) were scratches for the Avalanche. 

NEXT GAME:

The Avalanche continue their five-game homestand as they host the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night at Ball Arena. The puck drops between the Avs and Canadiens at 7 p.m. MT. 





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