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Gustavsson gets third straight start versus the Avs

Oct 17, 2013, 1:24 PM EDT

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Tonight in Colorado against the undefeated Avalanche, red-hot Jonas Gustavsson will make his third straight start in goal for the Red Wings, as reported by’s Ansar Khan.

Gustavsson, regularly Detroit’s backup, has been forced into action while starter Jimmy Howard recovers from a hand injury. Suffice to say, the 28-year-old Swede has taken the opportunity and made the most of it.

On Tuesday, Gustavsson stopped 36 of 37 Blue Jackets shots in a 2-1 Detroit victory. That first-star performance came one night after a 30-save, 3-2 win over Boston that left Bruins forward Milan Lucic raving.

Wings teammate Todd Bertuzzi has also been impressed.

“He’s stepped up and is playing very well,” Bertuzzi said, per the Macomb Daily. “He’s playing like a goalie who’s 6-foot-4, coming out and challenging. He made a huge save there in the end. He’s playing very competitive. He’s out of the paint and being very aggressive. He’s been doing a heck of a job. We’ve played two pretty good teams here and he’s stood on his head.”

FYI, here’s that “huge save” Gustavsson made at the end of the Jackets game.

  1. joey4id - Oct 17, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    This is going to be a good test for the AVs. Wings have a tendency to expose their opponent’s weaknesses. Puck position, defense, & patience versus a fast and upcoming team. No doubt Roy will have a well thought out strategy to support their weaker d men.

  2. shamu1the1whale - Oct 17, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Pavel Datsyuk, baby!!! I’m still marveling at his goal against Chara and the B’s a few days ago. That was one sweet goal.

  3. elwaysmilehighdenver - Oct 17, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Redwings vs AVs. Used to be a great rivalry. I hope Roy can help Colorado return to the winners they used to be. You know when Mike Vernon kicked his a•• and Claude Lemioux played turtle at center ice!

  4. polegojim - Oct 17, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Wonderful Rivalry would like to see renewed.

    Much different Avs team though… their best test this season… Avs D may have a LONG night.


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