The Red Wings lost consecutive games in the regular season for
the first time since January, but they still have the NHL's best
record by far, at 22-5-1-1.
Roy, the NHL's winningest goaltender, is not surprised Colorado
has bounced back from a slow start after winning last season's
"I think a lot of people were pressing the panic button," Roy
Detroit coach Scotty Bowman is not ready to be nervous about the
play of Hasek, a six-time Vezina Trophy winner and two-time Most
"The only chance he had was on the last goal," Bowman said.
Roy made numerous saves during Detroit's two third-period power
plays. Hasek, who made 14 saves, gave up two goals in the first
period on 10 shots, one in the second and the fourth on Blake's
soft wrist shot with 3:30 left.
"He finds ways to make his job look easy," Hartley said.
"He's always in the right spot. He anticipates where the passes
will go and where the shots will go.
"He's the best in the business."
Hasek was not available for comment after the game.
Colorado seized the momentum of the game quickly -- and for good
-- with two goals within the first seven minutes of the game.
Detroit's new stars -- Hasek, Brett Hull and Luc Robitaille --
have played key roles in the Red Wings' fast start, but didn't help
much Wednesday. Hull and Robitaille didn't have a point
"We didn't play our best game," Robitaille said. "You don't
want to have games like that. We've got to go simple. Put the puck
in the net and crash the net."
Blood was not shed and punches were not thrown in this once-ugly
rivalry, but there was pushing and shoving.
Colorado was never threatened by Detroit, physically or on the
Just 32 seconds into the game, Hejduk emerged from the left
circle with a loose puck and scored from between the circles.
Vrbata's one-timer on a power play gave Colorado a 2-0 lead at 6:18
of the first.
Detroit scored a spectacular goal a couple minutes later, but it
wasn't moving enough to turn the game around.
Sergei Fedorov passed the puck between his legs to Brendan
Shanahan near the blue line, then, after Shanahan quickly sent the
puck back, Fedorov skated from the left circle to the front of the
net to beat Roy with a backhander.
"It was uphill for us after the first two goals," Bowman
Edmonton and Calgary were the last teams to win
back-to-back games over Detroit on Jan. 20-21. ... Dallas was the
last team to beat Detroit at home, on Oct. 26. ... Blake played
after missing the previous three games with a groin injury. ...
Colorado's Joe Sakic, who had two assists, has two goals and eight
assists in his last five games.
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Arena: Joe Louis Arena Location: Detroit, Michigan
Referees: Kevin Maguire, Bill McCreary Linesmen: Dan McCourt, Jean Morin