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Avs unbeaten in a season-best seven games

2/7/2003

DETROIT (AP) -- Patrick Roy couldn't be much hotter.

Roy recorded his 64th career shutout and Alex Tanguay scored as
Colorado beat Detroit 1-0 Thursday night, and left Brett Hull
waiting to join the 700-goal club.

Roy made 28 saves and tied Toronto goalie Ed Belfour for the
most shutouts among active goaltenders. Belfour blanked Florida on
Wednesday night for his 64th.

Roy's three shutouts this season have come in the past six
games. He held the Red Wings scoreless for the first time in his
career during the regular season. Roy has four shutouts against
Detroit in the playoffs.

"He's been great," Colorado coach Tony Granato said. "He's a
man on a mission to prove he's the best -- still the best."

Colorado is 5-0-2 since losing to Detroit on Jan. 16 at home,
and is unbeaten in a season-best seven games.

Detroit, meanwhile, is winless in its past five games, has won
only once since beating the Avalanche, and is 5-8-1-1 in 2003.

Red Wings coach Dave Lewis has been pleased with some aspects of
his team's play recently, but said: "It's not good enough."

Early in the third period, Hull had a great chance to become the
sixth NHL player to score 700 regular-season goals. But Roy stopped
his first shot from just under the right circle, and a goalpost
stopped Hull's shot off the rebound.

"I didn't allow myself to think about that," Roy said. "We
didn't focus on him."

Hull has not scored in six games. His father, Hall of Famer
Bobby Hull, was at the game.

"I think it's a perceived distraction," Lewis said. "I don't
know if it's a distraction for the team. People are waiting for it
to happen."

The Red Wings pulled goaltender Curtis Joseph for the final
minute, and they had two chances to score, including one shot off
Hull's stick with about 35 seconds left, but couldn't beat Roy.

"He's the best. That's all there is to it," Granato said.
"We're lucky to have him on our side."

Joseph made 20 saves. He is 0-4-1 in his past five games since
stopping 36 shots at Colorado, and is 3-7-1 in his past 11 games.

Late in the first period, Tanguay's shot got past a diving
Joseph. Rob Blake's shot from the left circle went off the boards
behind Joseph and toward Tanguay, who had a wide-open net to shoot
at from the right circle.

It was Tanguay's 11th goal, and fifth in five games.

The Avalanche played in Joe Louis Arena for the first time since
losing 7-0 in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals.

Game notes
Detroit's Steve Yzerman, despite not practicing this week,
is still planning to play for the first time this season later in
this month. Yzerman had knee surgery last summer. ... Detroit's
Chris Chelios missed his sixth straight game with a leg injury. ...
Colorado's Joe Sakic has been out since Jan. 20 with a broken foot,
and is expected to be sidelined for at least another two weeks. ...
Defenseman Chris McAllister made his Avalanche debut after being
acquired from Philadelphia for a sixth-round pick on Wednesday. ...
Detroit's Darren McCarty missed the game with an infection in his
elbow, and Lewis said he's day-to-day.

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