Series (Game 1 of 1)

Colorado leads 1-0

Game 1: Tuesday, February 11th

Devils 1

(34-14-4, 75 pts)

Avalanche 3

(25-14-5, 66 pts)

9:00 PM ET, February 11, 2003

Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

1 2 3 T
NJ 0 0 11
COL 1 1 13

P. Roy (Avalanche - G): Saves: 32, Save Pct.: .970

M. Hejduk (Avalanche - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

A. Tanguay (Avalanche - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Roy has 32 saves for Colorado

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

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 difference."

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."

Alex Tanguay and Derek Morris also had goals for the Avalanche.

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 third period.

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 Jersey 11-4.

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 later.

Forsberg intercepted a pass near mid-ice and fed Tanguay, who passed to Hejduk in the slot. Hejduk hesitated and beat a prone Brodeur.

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 unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty.

Game notes
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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