After making 23 saves to shut-out the Vegas Golden Knights 2-0 on Wednesday, Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said only the perfect shot will beat netminder Darcy Kuemper in his current form.
The Avalanche, 9/2 to win the Stanley Cup in 2021/22, have begun 2022 in sensational style going 17-0-2 through 19 games and they have won a season high six straight away games.
Only two other NHL teams in history have gone longer into a new year without a regulation loss, Chicago Blackhawks, 24, in 2013 and Montreal Canadiens, 22, in 1978.
By recording the win against the Golden Knights, 31-year-old Kuemper set an Avalanche record with 17 consecutive games with at least one point (15-0-2).
Overall, the 6'5" Canadian has 24 wins in 34 starts, a .921 save-percentage and 2.38 goals-against-average.
Kuemper is enjoying a first season with the Avalanche after being acquired from the Arizona Coyotes in the off-season to replace Philipp Grubauer who moved to the Seattle Kraken.
After winning the President's Trophy last season, Colorado again lead all NHL teams with a 35-9-4 record.
Their .771 points-per-game percentage betters that of last season when they went 39-13-4 equalling .732 over 56 games.
Bednar, who signed a two-year extension with the Avalanche in November 2021 said about his goalie after the Vegas victory: "(Kuemper) made some big saves for us. We were fighting to make sure he could see the puck...You have to make the perfect shot to beat him right now."