action:article | category:SPORTS0701 | adString:SPORTS0701 | zoneID:40

Home » Sports » Hockey » Bruins/NHL

October 10. 2013 11:20PM

Giguere, Avs blank Bruins

BOSTON — Veteran goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, in his first start of the season, made 39 saves and the undefeated Colorado Avalanche earned a 2-0 decision over the previously undefeated Boston Bruins on Thursday night.

Ryan O'Reilly's first-period, power-play goal on a deflection was all Giguere needed as he posted his 37th career shutout, his first for new coach Patrick Roy.

Matt Duchene scored into an empty net with 25.7 seconds left to seal the victory for the Avalanche (4-0-0).

Giguere watched Semyon Varlamov give up just one goal in each of Colorado's first three wins before getting his shot Thursday and dropping the Bruins to 2-1-0 (all home game).

The victory continued Colorado's best season start since the franchise moved from Quebec City to Denver in 1995. The 4-0-0 mark matches the third-best start in Nordiques/Avalanche history.

The win also extended the Avalanche's TD Garden unbeaten streak to eight games (seven wins and a tie) dating back to their last loss in Boston in 1998.

Heading into the game, Giguere, who backstopped the Anaheim Ducks to the 2007 Stanley Cup, said, "I'm looking forward to it. At the end of the day, you want to play some games — try to get in the groove and try to help the team. It's a good place. Boston's a great building, it's a good team to play against. It should be a good battle."



And it was. The game featured a playoff-like style that included plenty of hitting and nastiness.



David Krejci was off for hooking when Andre Benoit sent a shot toward the net and a screened Rask. The puck deflected off O'Reilly in the high slot with 39.3 seconds left in the first period, and O'Reilly was credited with his second goal of the young season.



Duchene also scored his second.



Giguere did his best work in the second period, when the Bruins had 15 shots and both Krejci and Patrice Bergeron were robbed from directly in front.



Rask, who also allowed one goal in each of his team's first two games, also played well, stopping 28 shots in a losing effort. He got a break in the final minute when the Avalanche hit both posts during a flurry.



NOTES: Roy was 32-19-5 during the regular season against the Bruins while playing for the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado. ... Thursday night's game was played on the second anniversary of the last time the teams faced each other. ... The Bruins visit the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday, the same day the Avalanche play the Capitals in Washington. ... Bruins LW Carl Soderberg, yet to play this season because of an ankle injury, joined the team for the first time at Thursday's morning skate. "I think it's a start," coach Claude Julien said. "It was good to see him out there and doing at least some line rushes and stuff like that. So he's progressing well but obviously not ready to play." ... The previous best starts in the history of the Nordiques/Avs franchise (in order of most wins): 7-0 in 1985-86, 5-0 in '94-95, 4-0 in '92-93 and 3-0 in '87-88. ... In the building were Hall of Famers Roy, Cam Neely, Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque and Johnny Bucyk.



--


 NH Sports Angle more
Links to news and happenings around the world of sports with a Granite State connection, updated daily.

Maine fighters Lamour, Berry on New Hampshire boxing card

Q&A with Matt Bonner as he weighs free agency

Keene State mum on suspension of veteran track coach

Morgan Andrews speaks: Notre Dame star undeterred by U.S. U-20 World Cup snub

Mo'ne Davis, and why no one should laugh at the idea of a woman in Major League Baseball

Curt Schilling says smokeless tobacco caused oral cancer

Bill Belichick: Eagles joint practices as productive as any

Big Knockout Boxing has grown from NH debut to Las Vegas attraction

Toronto Blue Jays Minor League System: Philosophy change?

Spring trial likely for former UNH women's hockey coach

Special golf cart helping Vietnam veteran play game he loves article

And so it begins: Equipment distribution starts a new era in Plymouth football

Tailgating changes for UNH football games

Report: Pirates' pitcher Jeff Locke cleared in gambling probe involving childhood friend from Conway

Tim OSullivan: Even with NFL success, NHs Kelly remembers his roots

Chip Kelly: 'Put some Galoshes on and go play'

Survey says Duke the most hated college hoops team in NH

Cheyenne Woods, Tiger's niece, trying to make big time article

Gorham papermill owner Lynn Tilton is getting Yale tennis award

Ex-bank president co-authors racing book

New England Patriots are the most hated NFL team in the world

Travis Hughes: It's time to drastically overhaul minor league hockey in North America

Portsmouth native, 47, conquers 21-mile swim of the English Channel

Bennett to take control of the flags for Granite State Pro Stock Series

Air Force captain serving in NH honored before Red Sox-Yankees crowd at Fenway

MORE

 New Hampshire Events Calendar
    

    SHARE EVENTS FOR PUBLICATION, IT'S FREE!

Upcoming Events

 New Hampshire Business Directory

  

    ADD YOUR BUSINESS TODAY!