Roy registers 66th shutout of his career


DENVER (AP) -- Patrick Roy has some superstitions. Talking about himself is one of them.

After leading the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night, Roy said, "Right now, the team is playing well in front of me, and I really like the way I'm seeing the puck. That's a great combination.

"I feel really good. I just don't want to say things that jeopardize myself.''

Roy made 26 saves to record his fifth shutout of the season and 66th of his career. He also posted his 547th career win, tops in NHL history and 100 more than second-place goalie Terry Sawchuk.

Dan Hinote, Rob Blake and Alex Tanguay had goals for the
Avalanche, who remained in the No. 5 position in the Western
Conference. Colorado has 97 points, tied with St. Louis, but the
Blues have the tiebreaker advantage of more wins. St. Louis beat
Florida 2-1 Thursday night.

Kings goalie Cristobal Huet, making his fifth NHL start, gave up all three goals before being replaced by Jamie Storr early in the second period. Storr had 13 saves.

Kings coach Andy Murray said Huet "has played very well for us, but tonight he didn't get off to a very good start. The Avalanche are a great team, and he wasn't on top of his game.''

Hinote scored his first goal since Jan. 16, giving a boost to Colorado's third and fourth lines, which have contributed little offense in recent months.

"In order to win in the playoffs, you have to have four lines scoring,'' Hinote said. "The third and fourth lines become very important in the playoffs.

"Our third and fourth lines don't score many pretty goals, and it's just a matter of putting the puck on the net and popping in the rebound.''

Avalanche coach Tony Granato agreed.

"Our grinders and muckers can get ugly goals just by going to the net,'' he said. "If they continue to work like that, they will be able to chip some in for us. That was encouraging tonight.''

Hinote scored on Colorado's first shot at 6:34. Hinote corralled
the puck behind the net, skated left of the goal and sent a shot
into the crease that went off Huet into the net.

Blake scored his 17th goal at 9:00 to make it 2-0. Blake caught
a deflected clearing pass by the Kings and put a slap shot past
Huet from the right circle.

Los Angeles peppered Roy with 13 shots in the second period but
couldn't score, while Tanguay put the Avalanche ahead 3-0.

Tanguay found an open net on a shot from the right circle at
1:28 after taking Milan Hejduk's pass from the left circle. Huet
had moved to defend Hejduk and couldn't get back into position.
Tanguay got his 25th goal over sprawling defenseman Aaron Miller.

It was Colorado's third goal in nine shots against Huet, who was
then replaced by Storr.

Roy's best save in the period came on a sprawling stop against
Eric Belanger during a Kings power play.

Colorado had two scoring chances waved off in the third period.
Hinote put in a shot as the net came off its moorings. It was ruled
no goal after referees consulted video replay. Jeff Shantz's
redirected shot was waved off when Scott Parker was whistled for
goalie interference.

Game notes
The Kings were eliminated from the playoff race Tuesday
night in a 2-1 overtime loss to Columbus. ... Los Angeles has lost
464 man games to injury this season, highest in the NHL and a
franchise record. ... The Kings are 2-7-2-1 in their last 12 games.
... It was the first of three straight home games for Colorado
after playing nine of 12 on the road.