DENVER (AP) -- In what should have been a lopsided first period,
Colorado goaltender Patrick Roy faced 16 shots while New Jersey's
Martin Brodeur faced only three.
Patrick Roy, left, and the Avs are on an impressive roll after beating the Devils.
But Roy's brilliance allowed Colorado to emerge from the first
20 minutes with a lead, and the Avalanche went on to beat the New
Jersey Devils 3-1 Tuesday night.
"Patrick has been awesome the last three weeks," Avs coach
Tony Granato said. "Early in the game tonight, he was the
Devils coach Pat Burns couldn't have agreed more.
"We had our chances," Burns said. "We could have got some
goals early, but Patrick was hot early. Their top line played well,
and Patrick was big in the nets. That made the difference."
Despite the lopsided first period, Colorado led 1-0. In a
matchup of two of the NHL's top netminders, Roy finished with 32
saves while Brodeur had 15.
Milan Hejduk had a goal and two assists, and Peter Forsberg
added three assists for Colorado, which extended its winning streak
to six games and its unbeaten streak to 10 (8-0-2).
New Jersey lost for only the second time in 17 games (13-2-1-1).
"There are a lot of things we're doing a lot better," Roy
said. "First of all, we've been more consistent. And we're playing
with a lot of confidence. In the past, the first period might have
been 1-0 New Jersey. But it was 1-0 for us. It's a good sign when
you win games that you're not 100 percent satisfied with."
The torrid line of Forsberg, Hejduk and Tanguay has combined for
16 goals and 25 assists in the last eight games.
"Peter and Milan have been playing outstanding," Tanguay said,
"and I'm just trying to tag along and contribute as much as I can.
"Right now, we're having a lot of fun as a team. The guy in
front of the net (Roy) is giving us confidence right now."
Brodeur, whose win on Sunday made him the first goalie in NHL
history to record eight straight 30-win seasons, said the Devils
"take a lot of pride in how we play against a team that is
dominated by one line. Usually we're able to shut them down. But
all three goals were because of those guys."
Joe Nieuwendyk had the Devils' lone goal, midway through the
Colorado didn't get a shot on goal until 7:30 had expired in the
first period, and Tanguay scored on the Avs' second shot. Hejduk
lured Brodeur out of the crease and, from behind the net, sent a
pass to Tanguay in front. Devils forward John Madden was the lone
player in the crease, and Tanguay beat him at 7:51.
Roy had several outstanding saves in the period, including a
stop on Nieuwendyk on a breakaway.
The Avalanche dominated the second period, outshooting New
Morris, returning to the lineup after missing the previous seven
games with a broken right orbital bone, made it 2-0 with a
power-play goal at 10:12 of the second period. Forsberg passed to
Hejduk in the slot. Hejduk partially fanned, deflecting the puck to
Morris in the left circle.
Nieuwendyk's power-play goal at 11:54 of the third period cut
the deficit to 2-1, but Hejduk countered barely three minutes
Forsberg intercepted a pass near mid-ice and fed Tanguay, who
passed to Hejduk in the slot. Hejduk hesitated and beat a prone
New Jersey's Jiri Bicek was assessed a five-minute major and a
game misconduct for checking from behind with 16:38 remaining, and
Forsberg went off for a double minor, including an
Morris wore a protective visor in his first game back after
being injured in a fight with Columbus' David Ling on Jan. 23. ...
Forsberg has 12 goals and 25 assists in the last 22 games. ... New
Jersey's Patrik Elias saw his five-game point-scoring streak end.
He had three goals and six assists in those five games.
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Arena: Pepsi Center Location: Denver, Colorado
Referees: Dennis LaRue, Michael McGeough Linesmen: Darren Gibbs, Andy McElman
Attendance: 18,007 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
Alex Tanguay (11)
Assists: Milan Hejduk, Peter Forsberg
Derek Morris (6)
(Power Play) Assists: Milan Hejduk, Peter Forsberg
Joe Nieuwendyk (11)
(Power Play) Assist: Brian Rafalski
Milan Hejduk (29)
Assists: Alex Tanguay, Peter Forsberg