Archive for Wednesday, October 18, 2000

Roy sets all-time record for wins

Colorado goalie picks up 448th career victory in 4-3 overtime decision over Caps

October 18, 2000


— Patrick Roy had to work overtime to top Terry Sawchuk.

The Colorado goalie set an NHL record with his 448th career victory as the Avalanche topped the Washington Capitals 4-3 Tuesday night on Peter Forsberg's goal 2:27 into the extra session.

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.

The record was broken in Roy's first attempt. He tied Sawchuk's mark last Saturday with a victory over expansion Columbus.

"I didn't want my wife and friends to follow for too long," Roy said. "I wanted to end it as soon as possible."

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 finished with 27 saves, repeatedly robbing the Capitals from in close. During a postgame ceremony, Roy cut the net away from the last goal he defended.

When Forsberg scored on the power play, Roy skated out of the net and jumped several times, waving his arms.

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 a wild celebration.

Roy raced out toward his teammates, who streamed on the ice like it was the end of a playoff series. They met him at the blue line in front of the Colorado bench.

"It's fun. The guys deserve all the credit," Roy said.

"It's fun now to be where I am. The persons in front of me deserve all the credit."

The net Roy cut will be taken to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

Richard Zednik's five-minute penalty for cross-checking, early in overtime, gave Colorado (4-0-2) a three-minute power-play that set up the winning goal.

Avalanche forward Adam Foote took a two-minute elbowing penalty for elbowing at the same time and Colorado scored just 56 seconds later.

The Capitals were one of only five teams against which Roy had a record of .500 or less. He was 10-10-2 against Washington entering the game.

Wings 2, Blues 1

Detroit Sergei Fedorov and Martin Lapointe scored 1:21 apart in the second period. Detroit goaltender Manny Legace was just 2:21 away from his second straight shutout when Jochen Hecht scored on a short-handed wraparound for the Blues.

St. Louis lifted goaltender Roman Turek for an extra attacker in the final seconds but couldn't get another shot.

The win was the first in three home games for the Red Wings, who were also playing for the first time since captain Steve Yzerman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Monday. The team says Yzerman is out indefinitely.

Legace, who beat Chicago 4-0 in his first start last week, made 30 saves. Turek stopped 21 shots.

Fedorov was unguarded in the right slot when he easily converted a pass from Pat Verbeek to break a scoreless tie 16:01 into the second period.

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.

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 and evened their record at 3-3.

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

Senators 6, Flyers 1

Philadelphia Marian Hossa had a goal and three assists and Jani Hurme recorded his second victory in his second career start.

Radek Bonk added two goals for the Senators.

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

His old team is winless in its last five games, and held a closed-door team meeting for 27 minutes after the game. His new team is 4-0-1, matching the best start in the franchise's nine years since rejoining the NHL.

Andreas Dackell gave the Senators a 1-0 lead 4:38 into the game on a rebound.

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 .

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 after a winless preseason (0-5-1).

McInnis beat Vanbiesbrouck with a 35-foot left point slap shot at 2:04.

Thrashers 3, Devils 3, OT

Atlanta Sergei Brylin scored with 3:47 remaining in regulation to give the Devils a 3-3 tie. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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