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Avs improve to 6-1-1 in past eight vs. Bruins

2/4/2003

BOSTON (AP) -- Greg de Vries is making a habit of scoring game-winning goals.

The defenseman scored with 42.3 seconds left in overtime and Patrick Roy stopped 28 shots as the Colorado Avalanche extended their recent dominance of the Boston Bruins with a 3-2 victory Tuesday night.

It was the second straight game de Vries has scored the game-winner in the extra period. He also beat the New York Rangers before the All-Star break.

"That's two in a row,'' Colorado coach Tony Granato said. "This one was a big goal.''

The Bruins forced overtime when Mike Knuble scored with 3:21 left in the third period on a pass from Glen Murray.

But de Vries took a pass from Peter Forsberg and scored his
third goal of the season to give the Avalanche the victory.
Forsberg also set up de Vries in New York last week.

"Any time you're on a line with Peter, especially in overtime
with four-on-four, he's going to find you,'' de Vries said. "He
made a great play to draw the guys to him and I just threw the puck
in the empty net.''

Colorado pushed its unbeaten streak to six games, matching its longest of the season. The Avalanche are 6-1-1 in their last eight games against Boston.

Scott Parker's first goal of the season 2:31 into the game gave Colorado a 1-0 lead. Parker, who had missed the last 13 games with a broken left foot, beat Boston goaltender Steve Shields with a one-timer from the slot.

The Avalanche took a 2-0 lead late in the first period when
Forsberg's wrist shot from the left circle trickled off Shields'
pads and into the net. It was Forsberg's 17th goal of the season.

"We spotted them a couple and did everything we could to get
back into it,'' Knuble said. "It was a good moral victory to get
the point, but these are the games you've got to get two points.
They're a good team and Forsberg is worth the money of the ticket
just to watch him play by himself.''

Boston's first goal came when defenseman Hal Gill's 70-foot shot
from just outside the blueline midway through the second period
caught Roy off-guard, making it 2-1.

Shields, making his first start since Jan. 20, settled down
after the first period and made 18 saves. Boston was 0-for-6 on the
power play.

The Avalanche improved to 13-5-4-3 on the road and extended
their unbeaten streak away from home to five games.

"They have a lot of strong, physical and fast players over
there,'' Boston captain Joe Thornton said. "They make it a tough
battle every time we play them.''

Game notes
Bruins forwards Martin Lapointe and P.J. Axelsson both
returned to the lineup. Lapointe had missed the last five games
with a groin strain, while Axelsson sat out the last four with a
sore back. ... Boston defenseman Rich Brennan missed the game with
an ankle bruise. ... Bruins defenseman Sean O'Donnell left in the
first period with a sprained knee and did not return. ... Colorado
recalled forward Brian Willsie from Hershey of the AHL. Willsie,
who was leading Hershey with 21 goals and 40 points, replaces Dan
Hinote, who sustained head and leg injuries in a car accident
Sunday night. ... The Avalanche are 69-7-15-2 since 1997 when
Forsberg scores.