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Vokoun makes 31 saves in stalemate

11/22/2002

DENVER (AP) -- After a series of indifferent defensive efforts,
Colorado goaltender Patrick Roy criticized the play of his team in
its own end.

Four nights later, Roy got the desired result, but the Avalanche
misplaced their scoring touch.

Andreas Johansson scored 14 seconds into the third period, and
the Nashville Predators and Avalanche skated to a 1-1 tie Thursday
night.

Rob Blake had a first-period goal for the Avalanche, who
continued to struggle at home this season (1-4-4-1).

Nashville's Tomas Vokoun withstood Colorado's 9-3 edge in shots
in overtime, finishing with 31 saves.

Roy had 29 saves, including a solid third period in which his
team was outshot 14-2.

Colorado had a power play for the final minute of overtime after
David Legwand went off for closing his hand on the puck, but the
Avalanche couldn't convert.

Roy, who allowed four goals in each of his previous five starts,
decried his team's poor play in the final 20 minutes of regulation
time.

"For some reason, we don't play well in the third,'' he said.
"There's no reason not to be hungry.''

Blake said it was frustrating not to be able to protect a lead.

"We had a few chances there in overtime, but I don't know if
this game should have gone into overtime,'' he said. "We're at
home, we're up 1-0. That's when we have to put the hammer down.''

Avalanche coach Bob Hartley said his team was "playing a strong
game and then there was a breakdown on the first shift of the third
period. They tied the game, and after that we were very shaky. Our
inability to score a big goal right now is coming back to haunt
us.''

Johansson's ninth goal of the season -- from in front of the net
-- came after a Colorado turnover and a pass from teammate Scott
Hartnell from the right corner.

"The puck went around the boards and Hartnell went after it,''
Johansson said. "I went right to the net. I had my stick on the
ice and kept my head down. I didn't see it until the last couple of
feet. It was a great, great pass from Hartnell.''

Predators coach Barry Trotz said his team kept its
aggressiveness after the tying goal.

"It was good we got it early,'' he said. "Sometimes you get it
that early to tie it and you sit back and try to avoid making a
mistake. But we went right after them. They probably feel fortunate
they were able to take it into overtime because we had some good
chances.''

Roy withstood Nashville's onslaught in the third period, capped
by stops on back-to-back shots from close range by Vladimir
Orszagh.

Blake scored 3:51 in. Milan Hejduk put two consecutive shots on
goal, the second one from left of the goal into the crease, where
Blake punched it in for his second goal of the season.

Peter Forsberg had an apparent goal disallowed when teammate
Vaclav Nedorost was whistled for interference at 14:28.

Vokoun had several outstanding saves in the scoreless second
period, including a stop on Scott Parker on a 2-on-1 rush and a
save on Alex Tanguay from just left of the goal.

Colorado lost Nedorost to a bruised shoulder in the third
period. Parker had X-rays for a bruised neck after two periods, but
he returned to the game.

Game notes
Nashville forward Denis Pederson returned to the ice after
missing six games with a torn biceps tendon. D Andy Delmore was
back after missing five games with a nerve problem in his shoulder.
... Colorado entered the game last in the 30-team NHL in penalty
killing at home (71.1 percent). ... It was the third meeting
between the teams in 12 days. ... Since beating the Avalanche 4-3
in Denver on Nov. 10, Nashville has scored six goals in a five-game
winless streak (0-3-2). ... Colorado has played in nine overtime
games, tops in the Western Conference.