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Drury has a habit of beating Wings in playoffs

DETROIT (AP) -- Chris Drury and Patrick Roy did it again.

Drury scored his 10th career game-winning goal in the playoffs
at 2:17 of overtime Monday night as the Colorado Avalanche beat the
Detroit Red Wings 4-3 to even the Western Conference finals.

Steven Reinprecht got a rebound of Peter Forsberg's shot and set
up Drury to tie the best-of-seven series 1-1.

"I'm pretty lucky to be next to this guy," said Drury,
motioning to Forsberg. "I don't think they were watching me, they
were watching him."

Forsberg had a goal and three assists for the Avalanche, and Roy
made 30 saves to improve to 10-0 following a playoff loss in which
Colorado allows at least five goals.

"It was great to bail Patty out for once because he's always
there for us," Forsberg said.

Roy shrugged off his comeback ability.

"I see it more as a team stat," he said.

It was the third career playoff overtime goal for Drury, who
leads the Avalanche with four postseason game-winning goals against
the Red Wings. Colorado improved to 21-1-1 this season when Drury
scores.

Drury's game-winners in the playoffs trail only Joe Sakic's 14
in franchise history.

"Chris Drury is one of the best money players we can have on
our team," Colorado coach Bob Hartley said.

Detroit has gotten a lot of production out of its gritty
grinders, such as Darren McCarty, who scored three goals in Game 1,
and Kirk Maltby, who ended a 31-game playoff goal-less streak, by
tying the game at 2 in the second period.

But Red Wings stars such as Brendan Shanahan and Sergei Fedorov
have struggled to make an impact in the series.

"Our big guys have got to get going," Detroit coach Scotty
Bowman said. "It's a tight series and you know, there is not much
room out there."

Game 3 is Wednesday night in Denver.

"We played a bad game overall," said Dominik Hasek, who made
22 saves for the Red Wings. "We made a lot of mistakes. ... We
didn't play well enough to win."

Following the game, several players pushed and shoved each
other, but no fights ensued.

Colorado took a 1-0 lead in the first, a 2-1 lead in the second
and a 3-2 lead in the third. Each time, the Red Wings answered
later in the period to tie it.

Not only couldn't Roy deny a third Red Wings goal, he helped put
it in the net.

On a power play, Nicklas Lidstrom's slap shot from above the
circles rebounded off the boards behind Roy. As Roy tried to kick
the shot away, the puck bounced off his right blade and in with
6:35 to go.

Steve Yzerman was credited with his 100th career assist on the
play while Roy just shook his head as the crowd taunted him with,
"Pa-trick! Pa-trick!" chants.

Colorado's Greg de Vries had put the Avalanche ahead 3-2 at 5:26
of the final period on a wrist shot that got past Hasek's glove.

Alex Tanguay and Forsberg gave the Avalanche leads in the first
and second periods, but Detroit's Boyd Devereaux and Maltby each
got the Red Wings even.

Forsberg scored from just inside the left circle by redirecting
Martin Skoula's pass, from the top of the right circle, off the
inside of his skate.

"I think somebody was holding my stick," Forsberg said. "It
was just redirected, it was not a kick."

Lidstrom's fluke goal came after a poor decision by Roy allowed
the Red Wings to tie it 2-2 in the second period.

During a Colorado power play, Roy skated well beyond the circles
to play the puck. Maltby took advantage of Roy being so far from
his net by forcing the goalie to bite on a fake before getting beat
with a backhander.

Roy stayed on his knees in disbelief as the crowd went wild.

"There's nothing else I could have done," Roy said defiantly.
"What did you want me to do, give the guy a breakaway?"

Forsberg moved past Toronto's Gary Roberts to take over the lead
in the playoff point-scoring race with 23.

Game notes
Detroit's Chris Chelios played in his 200th playoff game.
... Before the Detroit Tigers played Cleveland at Comerica Park, a
few miles from Joe Louis Arena, the winner of an octopus-throwing
contest got to leave the baseball game to attend the hockey game.
... Maltby's last playoff goal came against Colorado on May 7,
1999.