Roy collects 17th playoff shutout in 3-0 Avs' victory
Updated: Thursday May 03, 2001 8:56 AM
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Colorado head coach Bob Hartley, like many others around the NHL, has watched Patrick Roy perform his stick-and-glove magic for years.
Hartley still was amazed by the Avalanche goalie's performance in a 3-0 victory against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night.
"Unbelievable is the only word. Patrick put on a performance very few goalies in this league are able to do," Hartley said after Roy's second shutout in three games gave Colorado a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal.
The win also extended his NHL record to 17 playoff shutouts.
Roy, the league's winningest goalie in the regular season and playoffs, stopped 21 shots including several spectacular saves in the first period when the Kings swarmed the Avalanche net with 10 shots.
He blocked three shots in rapid succession midway through the period, finally smothering the puck as players from both teams tumbled onto him.
"If it weren't for Patrick, we could have headed back to the hotel after the first period," Hartley said.
Said former Kings defenseman Rob Blake: "Patrick held them off. He's amazing. We know he's going to give us the opportunity to win."
Los Angeles head coach Andy Murray was disappointed by the squandered chances.
"We played pretty hard the first period, had a lot of good chances, but we didn't score, so somebody didn't hit the puck hard enough," Murray said. "We came back in the second and made a few mistakes and they capitalized.
"We've got certain guys who are paid to score and we've had two shutouts. That shouldn't happen."
Colorado, with captain and leading scorer Joe Sakic out with a shoulder injury, did all its scoring in the second period.
Like a skilled counterpuncher, the Avalanche absorbed Los Angeles' early assault, then went on the attack.
Colorado managed only three shots in the first 20 minutes, but Tanguay, left alone just to the right of the crease, scored 3:55 into the second on the Avalanche's sixth shot against Felix Potvin.
Hejduk made it 2-0 on a power play with 3:33 left in the period and Chris Drury scored just 1:46 later.
Efficient with their shots, the Avalanche scored on three of nine against Potvin in the period. They finished with 21 shots against him.
"We had a real strong first period and didn't follow that up and you can't do that against good teams like Colorado," Potvin said.
The Kings pulled Potvin for an extra skater with four minutes remaining, but still couldn't avoid the shutout.
Tanguay's second goal of the playoffs and second in as many games came after Hejduk spotted him alone near the crease and fired a long pass to him.
Tanguay hesitated, then as Los Angeles defenseman Jere Karalahti scrambled back into the crease, Tanguay flicked the puck across the goal mouth and it hit Karalahti's skate and went into the net.
Hejduk scored his third goal of the postseason when he tipped a long shot by Jon Klemm and the puck sailed past Potvin.
Drury added his sixth goal of the playoffs when he broke free down the right side, sliced across the crease and wristed a shot past Potvin on the glove side.
Roy ran his league playoff-wins record to 128. His 484 regular-season victories are also the league's most.
Also during the first period, Los Angeles' Jozef Stumpel hit the left post, teammate Ian Laperriere's shot from close range sailed wide, and Mathieu Schneider's 25-foot slap shot from the left circle hit Roy's chest.
Notes: Sakic, who hurt his shoulder early in Game 3, is day to day. ... After going 0-4 over the past two seasons in the Kings' new home, the Avalanche have won two playoff games in three days. ... Los Angeles RW Kelly Buchberger missed his second consecutive game with a leg injury. ... Colorado D Dave Reid didn't let a broken jaw keep him out of action long. Reid, who had a titanium plate inserted in his jaw after he was struck by a puck in Denver in Saturday's game, missed Game 3 but was back on the ice Wednesday night. He still can't eat solid food. ... Blake, traded by the Kings earlier this season, left the ice limping late in the game but said afterward that he was fine.