L.A. forces Game 7 with 2 OT win against Colorado
Updated: Monday May 07, 2001 12:49 PM
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Not only won't Los Angeles allow Colorado to win, the comeback Kings refuse to give up a goal.
Glen Murray rifled a 50-foot slap shot past Roy 2:41 into the second overtime Sunday night as the Kings beat the Avalanche 1-0, Potvin's second consecutive shutout by the same score.
The Kings, who overcame an 0-2 deficit against Detroit to win their first-round playoff series, can become the 17th team to overcome a 3-1 deficit to win a series -- including two comebacks from 3-0 -- with a win Wednesday night in Denver.
The St. Louis Blues, who swept Dallas, await the winner.
Murray's goal on the 65th shot of the game ended a grueling 82 minutes, 41 seconds of superb goaltending by Roy, the NHL's all-time winningest goalie, and Potvin, a Vancouver castoff acquired by Los Angeles in February.
Potvin, playing in his 34th consecutive game, stopped 33 shots to earn his seventh career playoff shutout. He and Roy have two apiece through the first six games of the series.
"This was just a great game to be a part of," Los Angeles head coach Andy Murray said. "There was tremendous goaltending on both sides, a game 0-0 into the second overtime.
"There were scoring chances on both sides. Patrick was outstanding, Felix was tremendous. I'm just glad we were the ones that got the first goal."
The Kings coach predicted after Los Angeles fell behind 3-1 in the series that they would win it if they could take Game 5 in Denver, which they did, 1-0 on Friday.
"The bottom line is, we weren't supposed to be here," Murray said. "We weren't supposed to be going back to Denver for Game 7, but we are."
The Kings, Potvin and Glen Murray in particular, were thrilled when Murray's shot bounced off Roy's right skate and into the net.
"Seeing it go over the line, it was like 'Wow, we're going to Game 7,'" Glen Murray said. "Now it's do-or-die for both teams."
Potvin, who ran his scoreless string to 164 minutes and 28 seconds, said when he saw the puck slip past Roy, "It was the feeling of relief, good to get it over with."
Colorado head coach Bob Hartley wasn't disappointed by his team's effort, only the outcome.
"Whenever you go into overtime, you know that the last shot is going to win it," he said. "They got the last shot. We had plenty of chances to win. We played much better than Game 5, but they got the last shot."
Los Angeles improved its overtime record to 4-0 in this year's playoffs. The Kings have beaten the Red Wings and Avalanche twice each in the extra session.
Colorado captain Joe Sakic was back from an injury and got off five shots for Colorado, although he seemed to be favoring his bruised right shoulder at times.
Sakic, the NHL's second-leading scorer during the regular season with 118 points, was hurt early in Game 3 in Los Angeles.
Potvin stopped six shots, and Roy turned away four in the first overtime. Ziggy Palffy fired a 12-footer at Roy 1:35 into the period, but the Colorado goalie stabbed the puck with his glove.
Dan Hinote's slap shot from the right circle at 16:22 of the first overtime was one of Colorado's best chances, but Potvin blocked it.
A Kings' mistake -- too many men on the ice -- gave the Avalanche a man advantage with 47 seconds left in regulation, but the Colorado power play again seemed disorganized as the clock ticked down.
The rest of the advantage was negated when Avalanche defenseman Ray Bourque was penalized for tripping with six seconds left before overtime.
The Avalanche outshot the Kings 8-7 in the third, but they also misfired on several good chances. Sakic's backhander from near the crease sailed wide of the goal. Moments later his 20-foot slap shot also was wide on a play when Potvin appeared to be screened.
Eric Belanger had one of the Kings' best opportunities in the third period, but Roy blocked his shot from just to the right of the crease at 8:04.
Colorado, which seemed to be back on its heels in the first period, finally put some pressure on Potvin in the second, although Los Angeles outshot the Avalanche 12-10 in the period.
The first period was intense and relatively even, with the Kings getting off seven shots and the Avalanche six.
Notes: The Kings rallied from 3-1 in the 1989 division semifinals
to beat Edmonton. ... Roy stopped 88 of the last 92 shots he faced
heading into Sunday's game. ... Los Angeles also rallied from a
10-point deficit in the final month of the regular season to claim
the Western Conference's last playoff spot.