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Colorado goalie passes Sawchuk on all-time list

Roy sets high mark in Avalanche win

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2000

WASHINGTON. -- Patrick Roy wasted no time to make history. He just needed a few extra minutes.

The Colorado goalie set an NHL record with his 448th career victory, passing Terry Sawchuk, as the Avalanche topped the Washington Capitals 4-3 Tuesday night on Peter Forsberg's goal at 2:27 of overtime.

In his first attempt, Roy snapped a tie with Sawchuk, who held the mark -- once considered unbreakable -- since 1970. Sawchuk earned his 447th victory in his 968th game while Roy won No. 448 in his 847th game.

''I was honest when I said I wanted to enjoy it and didn't feel any pressure,'' Roy said. ''To be honest with you, I was hoping that we would win this game. I had a lot of friends here, so I was hoping to win it as soon as possible.''

The 35-year-old goalie tied Sawchuk's mark last Saturday with a victory over expansion Columbus.

Roy raced out of the net immediately after the winning goal and jumped up and down several times while waving his arms in joy. He was mobbed by his teammates at the blue line in front of the Colorado bench. Teammates hugged and congratulated him, and some even carried Roy around the ice.

There also was a postgame ceremony where Roy helped cut the net away from the last goal he defended. The net will be taken to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

''It's definitely a great night for hockey,'' Colorado coach Bob Hartley said. ''We couldn't write a better script than we did tonight. There was no doubt in my mind that we were going for the win in overtime. That was the greatest setup we could imagine, and we had to make sure Patrick would get the credit.''

Roy has won the Vezina Trophy three times and been a member of three Stanley Cup champions. His 14 seasons of winning at least 20 games is a record.

Roy stretched his unbeaten streak to 11 games (9-0-2) and finished with 27 saves, repeatedly robbing the Capitals from in close. He made his biggest save with four seconds left, stopping Jan Bulis' shot from right in front -- admitting later that he never saw it.

Washington played poorly on offense in its first five games, but the Capitals pressured Roy throughout and nearly made him wait for another night.

''We worked hard and we did the little things right, and we have to keep doing what we did,'' said Peter Bondra, who scored twice. ''We definitely didn't play to be a part of the ceremony tonight, but it happens and congratulations to Patrick.''

Also at the ceremony was NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, who came onto the ice with Roy.

''Patrick Roy's passion to play is surpassed only by his passion to win,'' Bettman said. ''The remarkable achievement is a testimony to his consistency, his durability, his pride, his skill and, perhaps most of all, his nightly determination to meet the highest standards of goaltending excellence -- his own.''

The ceremony began after Forsberg redirected Ray Bourque's slap shot past Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig. Standing just in front of the right post, Forsberg pushed the puck into the net, starting the wild celebration.

''He is just unbelievable,'' Forsberg said. ''Every night he gets everything in net, and I think that's why he got this record.''

Senators 6, Flyers 1

PHILADLEPHIA -- Marian Hossa had a goal and three assists and Jani Hurme recorded his second victory in his second career start as Ottawa beat Philadelphia.

Roger Neilson, the former Flyers coach who thought he had agreed to a contract extension to coach the team through this season, returned as an Ottawa assistant.

His old team is winless in its last five games. His new team is 4-0-1, matching the best start in the franchise's nine years since rejoining the NHL.

Red Wings 2, Blues 1

DETROIT -- Sergei Fedorov and Martin Lapointe scored 1:21 apart in the second period and Detroit held on to beat St. Louis.

Detroit goalie Manny Legace was just 2:21 away from his second straight shutout when Jochen Hecht scored on a short-handed wraparound for the Blues.

The win was the first in three home games for the Red Wings, who played for the first time since captain Steve Yzerman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Monday.

Canadiens 4, Sabres 3

MONTREAL -- Martin Rucinsky tipped in Patrice Brisebois' shot from the point with 56 seconds remaining for a game-winning power-play goal as the Montreal topped Buffalo.

With Alexei Zhitnik off for cross-checking, Rucinsky redirected Brisebois' shot for his first goal of the season as the Canadiens won their third straight home game.

Dainius Zubrus, who collected his first career hat trick against Chicago on Saturday night, also scored twice for Montreal.

Buffalo's Stu Barnes scored twice to tie the game at 3. The goal was the Sabres' first short-handed goal of the season.

Thrashers 3, Devils 3

ATLANTA -- Sergei Brylin scored with 3:47 remaining in regulation to give New Jersey a tie with winless Atlanta.

Damian Rhodes made a season-high 34 saves for the Thrashers, who gained their first point against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

A year ago, the Devils won four straight meetings by a combined score of 24-2, including a 9-0 rout that is the worst loss in the history of the 2-year-old Atlanta franchise.

New Jersey outshot the Thrashers 37-17, but Rhodes came up with several big saves in the third period. In overtime, Brodeur came up with a game-saving stop with just three seconds remaining.

Mighty Ducks 4, Islanders 3

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Teemu Selanne's tiebreaking power-play goal with 1.4 seconds left in the second period gave the Anaheim Mighty Ducks a 4-3 victory Tuesday night over the New York Islanders.

Selanne, Mike Leclerc and Marty McInnis each had a goal and assist as Anaheim improved to 3-3-0. Patrick Traverse had Anaheim's other goal and Guy Hebert stopped 24 Islanders shots.

New York got two goals from Mark Parrish and one from Oleg Kvasha and John Vanbiesbrouck made 28 saves. The Islanders, who have failed on all 22 power-play opportunities this season, are 0-3-1.

Kings 1, Predators 1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Nashville's Vitali Yachmenev scored the tying goal in the second period and Luc Robitaille off the Los Angeles scoresheet for the first time this season in a draw.

Robitaille and Ziggy Palffy, who entered the game tied for the league scoring lead, were both held without a point.

Craig Johnson scored Los Angeles' goal at 3:33 of the second period to give the Kings a 1-0 lead.

Los Angeles goalie Steve Passmore made 34 saves, while Mike Dunham stopped 25 shots.

Oilers 6, Bruins 1

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Bill Guerin had two power-play goals and rookies Dan LaCouture and Brian Swanson each scored their first NHL goals in leading Edmonton over Boston.

Rem Murray and Todd Marchant also scored for the Oilers, who improved to 5-1-1. It is Edmonton's best start since the 1985-86 season when the Oilers began 5-1-0.

Brian Rolston scored for Boston, which has lost three in a row after starting the season 3-0-1. The Bruins have been outscored 16-3 in their last three games.

Edmonton goalie Tommy Salo stopped 22 shots.



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