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Dallas overwhelms Roy, ends Avs' road win streak

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Posted: Tuesday May 25, 1999 01:31 AM

  Shooting Stars: Dallas peppered Colorado with 45 shots, including Dave Reid's (right) goal in the first period. AP

DALLAS (AP) -- Whatever mystique Patrick Roy held over the Dallas Stars is gone.

The winningest goaltender in playoff history couldn't hold up under a 45-shot assault Monday night, allowing third-period goals to Joe Nieuwendyk and Mike Modano as Dallas beat Colorado 4-2 to even the Western Conference finals at a game apiece.

"We didn't have much of a choice but to keep firing the puck," Nieuwendyk said. "Patrick's been in a bit of a zone the last week to 10 days so we couldn't be satisfied with just one shot and then exit the zone. We were getting good looks and eventually we found some holes."

The Avalanche, who had won five straight since trailing Detroit 0-2 in the second round, lost on the road for the first time in the playoffs. Their seven straight postseason road wins tied the NHL record.

Colorado will host Games 3 and 4 Wednesday and Friday. The Avalanche are 2-4 in McNichols Arena.

"We're going home and it's now the best out of five," Colorado coach Bob Hartley said. "We're not happy with our performance, but let's not go crazy over this."

Stars coach Ken Hitchock had told his team to be more physical and more aggressive on offense after not doing enough of either in a 2-1 loss Saturday night. They responded immediately.

"We played this game as if it was a seventh game, and that's the way we need to play the rest of the way," Hitchcock said. "We need to be a street fighter."

Roy, whose seven stops in the final minutes of Game 1 preserved his 108th playoff win, had not seen this many shots in a playoff game since 1997.

"They were desperate," Roy said. "They really needed the game. It seems to me that we didn't understand that."

Dallas matched its Game 1 total of 31 shots on its first swat of the third period Monday night. The Stars outshot the Avalanche 15-1 in the final period as they racked up their most attempts since trying 56 in a triple-overtime victory in the first round.

"Patrick gives us a chance every game," Hartley said. "We took some bad penalties, we gave them some power plays and they have a great hockey club, so they didn't get 45 shots by luck."

Ed Belfour faced 19 shots in the game. While it wasn't nearly as many as Roy, he denied plenty of good scoring opportunities.

Both goals he allowed were on rebounds, just like in Game 1. The Game 2 scorers were Sandis Ozolinsh on a first-period power play to put Colorado up 1-0 and a diving shot by Milan Hejduk that made it 2-2 in the second period.

Dallas' early goals came from unlikely sources. Dave Reid scored for the first time in 20 playoff games and Sergei Zubov fired in his first of the postseason.

With 13:02 left, Pat Verbeek appeared to put the Stars up 3-2 when he used his skate and stick to nudge the puck by Roy. Having it wiped away motivated Dallas, much like a called-off goal sparked Colorado in Game 1.

"We really dug in," Verbeek said. "We started to win one-on-one battles and we got two goals after that."

Five minutes later, Nieuwendyk screened Roy on a Verbeek shot that the goaltender was able to stop. Nieuwendyk reacted first to the rebound and flicked it into the net. Derian Hatcher also assisted.

Modano, who assisted on Zubov's goal that put Dallas up 2-1, fired the puck over Roy a few minutes later. Modano has a five-game scoring streak with three goals and five assists in that span.

Colorado's big guns were mostly quiet.

Peter Forsberg and Claude Lemieux assisted on Ozolinsh's goal, upping their point-scored streaks to six apiece, but they were hardly heard from again.

Theo Fleury ended his career-long, four-game playoff point drought with an assist on Hejduk's goal.

Forsberg's 13 assists and 20 points lead the playoffs. Lemieux has seven assists in five games and 11 in the postseason after racking up just 24 in 82 regular-season games.

Ozolinsh, the point man on the Avalanche power play, has been on the ice for all 13 of their playoff goals with the man advantage. He has three goals this postseason, all on power plays.

Colorado's road winning streak tied the mark set by three Stanley Cup winners: the New York Islanders in 1980 and 1982 and the 1995 New Jersey Devils.

The only bad news for Dallas was losing veteran forward Benoit Hogue to a torn ligament in his left knee. He'll be out the rest of the playoffs.

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