October 13, 2005

Yann Danis Shines in NHL Debut

Oct. 13, 2005

ATLANTA, Ga. - Montreal goalie, and 2004 Brown University graduate, Yann Danis had the NHL debut he envisioned. The 24-year-old stopped 32 shots in the Canadiens 2-0 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers Wednesday (Oct. 12) night. It was just the ninth time in NHL history that a goalie earned a shutout in his first NHL game.

"I imagined it," Danis said after shutting down Ilya Kovalchuk and a powerful Atlanta attack. "It was a good start for me. Our team scored the first goal, so my confidence was there. ... But it's only one game."

The Thrashers couldn't score with a two-man advantage that began with about 4 minutes left to play. It was a fitting cap to a strong debut by Danis. "I was really focused," Danis said. "I saw the puck all night."

Danis is the third Montreal goalie to win his debut with a shutout, following Wayne Thomas in 1973 and Bob Perreault in 1955. Danis was the ECAC Hockey League's 2004 Player and Goalie of the Year. Read the full story at www.canadiens.com