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Avs' Roy gets fourth shutout of season

3/20/2003

DENVER (AP) -- Even without his usual practice, Patrick Roy was
perfect.

Roy made 29 saves in his fourth shutout of the season, and 65th
of his career, as the Colorado Avalanche beat the San Jose Sharks
2-0 Thursday night in a game postponed 24 hours because of a heavy
snowstorm.

"We didn't skate (Wednesday) and then nothing this morning,''
Roy said. "I just wanted to have a good warmup and make sure I was
ready for the start of the game. Making a few good saves at the
beginning of the game put me in a groove.''

Bates Battaglia and Adam Foote scored for the Avalanche, who
snapped a two-game losing streak -- their longest since mid-January.

"It was a big two points for us,'' Foote said. "Having this
delay, we were kind of worried how we would start. We hung in
there, and Patty made some big saves for us.''

Avalanche coach Tony Granato said his team "lost a couple of
games over the weekend, and we wanted to get back on the ice as
fast as we could to get back in the win column. The bottom line is
our goalie played well for us like he has night after night, and we
were able to capitalize on the power play and find a way to get two
points.''

The game was postponed from Wednesday because of a 30-inch
snowstorm that paralyzed the Denver area and much of Colorado.

The Sharks agreed to the postponement even though it meant
they'll play three games in three nights. They have home games
Friday and Saturday against Boston and Anaheim.

Miikka Kiprusoff, starting in goal because Evgeni Nabokov missed
his third straight game with a back injury, had 18 saves and
allowed both goals before being replaced by Vesa Toskala late in
the game.

Sharks coach Ron Wilson said Kiprusoff "sprained his right knee
at some point in the third period, and he couldn't stand. Nabokov
practiced this morning and is ready to come back. We'll play all
three goalies in the three games.''

Battaglia got the lone goal of the first period, scoring on a
power play at 13:47 after taking a quick pass from Steven
Reinprecht from inside the right circle. It was Battaglia's first
goal in four games with Colorado following his trade from Carolina
on March 11.

"It was like getting a monkey off my back,'' Battaglia said.
"I'm glad to get that first one, and hopefully it'll start rolling
in now.''

The Avalanche nearly scored a short-handed goal early in the
second. San Jose had a five-on-three advantage when Colorado's
Milan Hejduk came out of the penalty box, took a pass and his shot
slid past Kiprusoff but stopped just short of the goal line as the
net came off its moorings.

Roy withstood 16 shots in the period, including four from Teemu
Selanne and a point-blank shot from Marco Sturm. The Sharks failed
to capitalize on another brief five-on-three later in the period.

Foote scored his eighth goal early in the third. His long shot
from the slot ricocheted off defenseman Rob Davison's skate back to
Foote, whose second shot went between Kiprusoff's legs at 2:57.

Game notes
The Sharks departed San Jose on Tuesday but because of the
storm, were forced to land in Colorado Springs, where the team
stayed overnight. They took a bus to Denver on Wednesday. ... It's
the first time an Avalanche game was been postponed in Denver
because of weather, but the Avs and Sharks have had to adjust their
schedule once before. Their first-round playoff series in 1999 was
delayed after the shootings at Columbine High School, and the
series began in San Jose instead of Denver. ... Although the game
was announced as a sellout (18,007), there were only about 8,000
fans in the arena. ... Avs C Peter Forsberg returned after missing
the last game with a charley horse. ... Sharks C Wayne Primeau was
scratched because of a back injury. ... Before the game, fans were
asked to observe a moment of silence and hope for a quick
resolution to the conflict in Iraq.