How do we know Avs have what it takes to win the Cup? In a word: Gruuu! |

How do we know Avs have what it takes to win the Cup? In a word: Gruuu!

Mark Kiszla
The Denver Post
Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer makes a glove save of a Vegas Golden Knights shot during the third period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in Denver. The Avalanche won 4-3. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Who’s your Gruuu-Daddy?

When the Avalanche needed it most, goalie Philipp Grubauer stared into the teeth of the Sharks and refused to blink. Could this be the birth of a playoff legend? In a crucial 3-0 victory against San Jose that evened this playoff series at two victories apiece, Grubauer stopped all 32 shots he faced.

And after every save he made, Avalanche fans saluted their new best friend with a scream that cleansed the arena of must-win tension:


We haven’t heard a sound so sweet around here since Patrick Roy was between the pipes. Saint Patty was the last goalie to lead the Avalanche to the NHL’s final four. Now, Gruuu is the glue that holds an improbable championship dream together for Colorado, the eighth and final team to qualify for the playoffs in the Western Conference.

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