Out of the money
Roy meltdown costs Avalanche game, shot at Cup
Posted: Saturday June 05, 1999 11:10 PM
DALLAS (CNN/SI) -- The man many call the best money goalie in playoff hockey came up bankrupt in Game 7.
The Stars now will face the Buffalo Sabres in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals, starting June 8 in Dallas.
Roy's poor performance in career Game 7s now threatens to tarnish an otherwise gold-plated playoff reputation.
The loss dropped Roy's career record in deciding seventh games to 2-4. A similar Roy collapse came during last season's first-round series against the underdog Edmonton Oilers, who scored four times on just 17 shots.
Friday night, Roy gave up four goals on the first 19 shots.
He was 20-of-25 Friday, and didn't look like the all-time winningest playoff goalie with three Stanley Cups to his credit during an abysmal performance.
"It's tough taking this because I know I'm towards the end of my career and there's not many chances left," Roy said. "These were two great teams that played against each other. It was so close we could easily be in the Stanley Cup final."
Not after Roy's meltdown, which began on Dallas' second shot of the night.
With only Sandis Ozolinsh back to defend, Joe Nieuwendyk streaked up the left side and slid the puck to Jamie Langenbrunner, who shot it past Ozolinsh and Roy as the Stars went ahead 1-0 at 8:25 of the first. Roy had been leaning the wrong way when the tepid shot passed by him.
On Mike Keane's first goal at 11:13 of the second, Roy was beaten between the legs by his former teammate's wrist shot from the low slot. In spite of a clear look at Keane, Roy was again caught out of position. It was the 10th shot he had faced.
"When they put us down 2-0, I knew we were in trouble, especially the way they play tight defense," Roy said.
About four minutes later, Keane faked twice to draw Roy to the ice before sliding the puck into an open net to make it 3-0. It was Dallas' 12th shot.
Roy's mistake in the third period made it 4-0. Wandering out of the net to play the puck, Roy mishandled it as he sent it up the boards.
The puck came to Jere Lehtinen, who slammed it into the open net from the circle at 6:18. Roy barely got back in time to get his stick on it.
In spite of the costly errors, Roy's teammates blamed themselves instead of the goalie -- the same man who took his own teammates to task publicly for failing to crank up the offense during Game 2.
"We didn't give Patty too much help. I think if we'd have played a little better defense in front of him, it would have made a difference," forward Adam Deadmarsh said.
Avalanche Coach Bob Hartley defended Roy obliquely.
"This is a team sport and we rely on everyone," Hartley said.
At the other end of the ice, Ed Belfour was nearly flawless. Belfour's 18-save performance gave him his second trip to the Cup finals.
"He's much maligned and it's really unfair because anybody who's watched the playoffs all year has seen Eddie at his best and he's come through in big times," Stars forward Brett Hull said.
Belfour's mental errors during the conference finals last year were often blamed for the Stars' series loss against the Detroit Red Wings.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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