Roy made 21 saves Saturday, and helped the Colorado Avalanche
kill off all but one San Jose power play in a 3-1 victory.
The Sharks took a 1-0 lead midway through the first period when
Mike Ricci scored with the man-advantage. San Jose then had an
opportunity to stretch the advantage when they were given a 5-on-3
power play, but the Avalanche successfully killed it off.
"It was key that we kept the score just 1-0, and getting out of
that 5-on-3 gave us a lot of confidence,'' said Roy, who improved
to 22-6-4 against the Sharks. "We had a good second period, even
though we didn't score, and then we broke through in the third
Serge Aubin scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:35 left and Milan Hejduk made it 3-1 when he scored into an empty net with two
seconds remaining. Aubin's goal, his first of the season, was set
up by Peter Forsberg who tied the game at 1 with his third goal at
8:05 of the middle period on a power play.
"We were very sharp and strong on the pucks, especially down
low,'' Avalanche coach Bob Hartley said. "Our power-play goal
obviously put the Sharks on their heels, and we became even
stronger after that.''
All because Roy kept them in the game early.
"Credit Patrick (Roy) with being our biggest penalty killer,''
Hartley said. "We had plenty of chances in the first two periods
but couldn't get the big goal that would get us going.''
The Sharks went ahead at 11:53 of the first period when Mike
Rathje's shot from 40 feet was deflected up and to the right.
Vincent Damphousse got control of the puck and passed to Ricci, who
scored from point-blank range.
Sharks captain Owen Nolan agreed that the two-man advantage was
the key to the game.
"That would've been a big boost for our team,'' Nolan said.
"Maybe the game would have had a different outcome. Even so, we
were still winning at that point, and we've got to find a way to
keep going in situations like that. We can't sit back.''
San Jose rookie Vesa Toskala made 36 saves. The Sharks held
Colorado to just one power-play goal in eight chances.
"You don't mind giving up a couple of power plays, but we're
giving handfuls each game, and it's really taking its toll on us,''
Toskala had played just 30 NHL minutes before getting a surprise
start on Thursday night in place of Miikka Kiprusoff. He earned his
first NHL victory in the 4-3 win over Edmonton.
Toskala and Kiprusoff are filling in while Evgeni Nabokov
remains out because of a contract dispute.
The victory was the second in a row for the defending Western
Conference champion Avalanche. San Jose, which won the Pacific
Division last season, fell to 1-3.
The game was originally scheduled to be a night game but
was changed this week to the afternoon because of the World Series.
Colorado's game on Sunday in Anaheim was moved until an earlier
start to avoid a conflict with Game 2 of the World Series,
therefore the Avalanche couldn't play a night game on Saturday. ...
Kiprusoff started each of the Sharks' first two games and took the
loss in both, allowing 10 total goals.