A dark horse has emerged to help save the Avalanche season

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"You think darkness is your ally? You merely adopted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it."

While Pavel Francouz may not be able to take Bane in a fist fight, it's a pretty safe bet he could stop him on a breakaway.

When Francouz signed with Colorado in the spring after an exceptional season in the KHL that saw him named the league's best goaltender, he was likely envisioning a very different start to his NHL career. Instead of getting a start and locking down the opposition, Francouz has entered two games in which the Avalanche were trailing 4-1 and head coach Jared Bednar had seen enough futility from Philipp Grubauer.

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