Series (Game 1 of 4)

Colorado leads 2-0

Game 1: Thursday, October 24th
Game 2: Sunday, November 17th
Game 3: Monday, March 10th
Game 4: Saturday, March 29th

Avalanche 3

(3-1-1, 9 pts)

Coyotes 2

(3-5-0, 6 pts)

10:00 PM ET, October 24, 2002

US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona

1 2 3 T
COL 0 2 13
ARI 2 0 02

J. Sakic (Avalanche - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 2

T. Amonte (Coyotes - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

P. Roy (Avalanche - G): Saves: 27, Save Pct.: .931

Avs rally from early two-goal deficit to win

PHOENIX (AP) -- Patrick Roy pushed aside Terry Sawchuk in the NHL record book.

Patrick Roy

Roy played in his 972nd game, overtaking Sawchuk for the most appearances by a goaltender. He had 27 saves in Colorado's 3-2 victory over Phoenix on Thursday night, extending his lead in NHL career wins to 519.

"He set a record that's going to be tough to be broken," said Mike Keane, who scored the go-ahead goal as the Avalanche rallied from a two-goal deficit.

"If you think about the games he didn't play, the softer games he sits out for weaker teams, that record could have been broken months ago."

Alex Tanguay and Milan Hejduk, who assisted on Tanguay's goal, also scored for the Avalanche. Joe Sakic had two assists.

"It's always nice to put your name in the record book on a night when you get two points," coach Bob Hartley said.

Tony Amonte scored the Phoenix goals, both in the first period. After that, Roy was flawless on 17 chances to improve to 3-0-1 in his last four starts.

"Phoenix deserves a bit of credit," said Roy, whose first NHL season was 1985-86. "They started fast, and you could tell they had some confidence from their last couple of games. It was good to get out of there only two goals behind."

The Coyotes were 30 seconds into a power play when Amonte fired the puck past Roy from the top of the crease, completing a two-man rush with Daniel Briere 8:33 in.

Briere got an assist on the next goal after winning a faceoff with Sakic. The puck slid across to Amonte in the slot for a one-timer that sent Phoenix to a 2-0 lead with 6:17 left in the first.

It was his third of the season.

"We jumped on them early," Amonte said. "We held the game getting on our forecheck and then in the second period we started sitting back a little bit waiting for things to happen. You give them the puck too much, and they're going to make great things happen."

Colorado came back hard in the second period, outshooting the Coyotes 15-8 and tying the score at 2.

Tanguay cut the deficit with a shot from the circle 4:21 in. Hejduk got his third goal with 3:56 remaining after a dash down the slot in which he passed out to Sakic on the wing, then got the puck back just above the crease.

The teams battled evenly until Mike Keane flipped a rebound of Rob Blake's shot over Brian Boucher's shoulder at 6:32 of the third period.

Boucher finished with 27 saves.

"We still have a little fragility to our game," Coyotes coach Bob Franchis said. "Instead of taking control of the issue, we become tentative at critical times and kind of wait for something to materialize and try to respond to it."

Game notes

Amonte, who led Chicago in scoring four times before joining the Coyotes last summer, took over team leadership with seven points. ... Blake got his 500th point. ... Boucher made his third start and fell to 2-2. He earned a win Tuesday against Nashville after starter Sean Burke sprained his left ankle. ... Colorado has scored 11 of its 17 goals this season in the third period.

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