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Roy gets career-high eighth shutout of season

3/5/2002

DENVER (AP) -- Patrick Roy admits he has added incentive when
playing against Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils.

Roy stopped 23 shots for his 60th career shutout, leading the
Colorado Avalanche to a 2-0 victory over New Jersey on Monday
night.

"You want to be at your best every time you play against a good
goaltender like Brodeur," Roy said. "You want to win those
games."

Joe Sakic had a goal and an assist, and Greg de Vries added his
career-best seventh goal of the season for the Avalanche, who
completed a two-game sweep of New Jersey -- the team they beat in
the Stanley Cup finals last year.

Roy's shutout broke a tie with Detroit's Dominik Hasek for the
career lead among active goalies. It was also Roy's eighth shutout
of the season, a career high.

"I have no clue why I have so many shutouts," Roy said. "The
difference tonight was the guys in front of me."

The 29-year-old Brodeur already has 310 wins and has a chance to
challenge Roy's career record for victories.

"Patrick never faced a tough odd-man rush, never saw a real
tough shot tonight," Brodeur said. "But a shutout is a shutout."

Brodeur had 18 saves for New Jersey, which had its two-game
winning streak snapped. The Devils were 0-for-3 on the power play.

"We didn't get enough done offensively," coach Kevin
Constantine said. "It didn't help that we couldn't get anything
done on the power play."

Neither team was able to convert on its power play in a
scoreless first period. Colorado had an edge in shots, 8-7, and
scoring chances.

Brodeur turned aside Alex Tanguay's back-hander early in the
game and made a stick save of Chris Drury's wrist shot from close
range in the last minute of the period. New Jersey's best chance
came on Jason Arnott's one-timer from the left circle after de
Vries turned the puck over deep inside the Avalanche zone.

Colorado was 0-for-3 on the power play, including 36 seconds
with a 5-on-3, but took a 1-0 lead in the second period.

The Avalanche got a goal from de Vries at 14:30 after Roy kept
the Devils scoreless with saves on Sergei Brylin's shot from the
slot and back-to-back shots by Patrik Elias and Petr Sykora eight
minutes into the period.

Sakic passed to Tanguay from behind the net, and Tanguay sent a
cross-ice pass to de Vries in the left circle. With Sykora
sprawling to the ice, de Vries used the screen to send the puck
over Brodeur's right shoulder.

"I got a bad break on the shot," Brodeur said. "The puck
caught the back of Sykora's skate and I never had a chance to react
to the change of direction."

Scott Stevens had a goal waived off at 4:11 when teammate Valeri
Kamensky ran over Roy in the crease.

Sakic sealed it at 13:10 of the third period on a breakaway.
Stevens turned the puck over at the red line, and Sakic scooped up
the puck and beat Broudeur with a wrist shot.

"I would say that this was probably one of our hardest-fought
wins of the season, and Patrick was solid," Colorado coach Bob
Hartley said. "We made his job a little easier by not giving away
many rebounds, but we know that whenever we need a big save we can
count on Patrick."

Game notes
The Devils assigned defenseman Mike Rucinski to Albany of
the AHL after acquiring him from Carolina for center Ted Drury. ...
New Jersey has allowed 18 goals in its last 11 games. ... Colorado
D Rob Blake returned after missing two games with a bruised right
knee. ... de Vries played in his 400th game. ... The Avalanche have
killed off 26 straight penalties.