Johansson gets first NHL shutout for Avalanche against Ducks


ANAHEIMJonas Johansson made 28 saves for his first NHL shutout and the Colorado Avalanche won 2-0 against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Friday.

Johansson was making his third start for Colorado since he was acquired from the Buffalo Sabres on March 20 for a sixth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft. It was his 14th NHL start.

Valeri Nichushkin and Mikko Rantanen scored for Colorado (27-9-4), which has won six of seven and has a point in 16 of its past 17 games (14-1-2).

John Gibson made 33 saves for Anaheim (12-22-7), which is 1-3-1 in its past five games.

The teams play here again on Sunday.

Nichushkin gave the Avalanche a 1-0 lead at 17:12 of the second period. He got open in the slot and scored on a one-timer off a feed from Ryan Graves for his ninth goal of the season. 

Rantanen scored his Colorado-leading 23rd goal of the season into an empty net to make it 2-0 with 34 seconds left.

Johansson, who was 0-5-1 in six starts with Buffalo this season, improved to 2-0-1 with the Avalanche.

Avalanche goalie Philipp Grubauer had started 32 of 40 games this season, but was given the night off after allowing seven goals on 18 shots before he was replaced by Johansson in an 8-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday. 

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