J.S. Giguere stood up his former franchise while his current teammates stood up for themselves following a scathing critique from their goaltender Monday.

Giguere stopped 21-of-22 shots and the Avalanche scored early in each of the first two periods to earn a rare road victory, 4-1 over Anaheim.

"It's one thing to go out and say what he did in the media, but to back it up with his play like he did tonight, it's huge," captain Gabe Landeskog said. "It shows what kind of character he has, what kind of a player he is.

"I think we came out like a completely new team and everyone stepped up in a good win."

It was not the first time the veteran netminder starred at the Honda Center, as he backstopped the Ducks to two Campbell Trophies and a Stanley Cup in the mid-2000s.

Giguere praised the defensive effort in front of him, saying his defense corps "made my job easy."

The Avs also performed brilliantly on special teams, scoring a power-play goal, killing all three penalties they took and tallying a short-handed goal. That excellence was the fulcrum of their third road win of the season.

"These are the keys to be successful, especially on the road. You have to be a team that kill penalties well, who gets a goal here or there on the power play and that's how you end up having two points on the road," Giguere said.

Alternate captain Paul Stastny returned to the lineup centering Jamie McGinn and David Jones. Stastny registered three shots on goal and logged 15:36 of ice time.

McGinn gave the Avs a three-goal cushion with 2:30 to play in the second period. It came just 12 seconds after the Avs' third successful penalty kill. The goal effectively chased goalie Jonas Hiller from the game and sealed the victory for the Avs.