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winnipeg, man­i­toba» Calvin Pickard made his first NHL start in his home­town Sun­day and did ev­ery­thing he could to keep his team in it.

“For the most part things went re­ally well. I liked my game a lot,” said Pickard, who made 26 saves in the 4-1 loss. “That lapse in the third pe­riod, I don’t know how quickly they scored the two goals, but it was quick and that was the dif­fer­ence in the hockey game. When we’re hard-pressed to score goals I have to come up with an­other big save.”

Coach Jared Bed­nar was also happy with the way the 24-year-old net­min­der per­formed in his spe­cial start.

“I was proud of him, es­pe­cially in the sec­ond half of the first pe­riod when we had our break­downs there,” Bed­nar said. “He was big in goal for us. The chances that we gave up, I don’t know how many there were, but we gave up too many good ones, and he came up big on a lot of them.”

Just shoot it. As bad as things were de­fen­sively for the Avs, it was even worse from an of­fen­sive per­spec­tive. They man­aged a mere nine shot at­tempts in the first pe­riod, with only six hit­ting the net, and had recorded 15 shots through 40 min­utes.

“I know at times it can feel like you’re throw­ing away pucks when you’re throw­ing them at the net,” cap­tain Gabe Lan­deskog said, “but when you have 15 shots af­ter two pe­ri­ods you’re not go­ing to lose any­thing by throw­ing pucks at the net. It’s an easy game for their goalie.”

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