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