Roy recorded his 23rd career playoff shutout and Peter Forsberg had a power-play goal and an assist as the Colorado Avalanche reclaimed home-ice advantage in their Western Conference quarterfinal series with a 3-0 blanking of the Minnesota Wild.
The crowd of 19,354 at the Xcel Energy Center was the largest to see a game in what the Wild have dubbed the "State of Hockey." But the Avalanche gave it little to cheer about in grabbing a two games to one lead in the best-of seven series.
"This is a phenomenal hockey town. They've been waiting for this moment for a long time, so we knew they would come out extremely enthused and play like that," Colorado coach Tony Granato said. "We didn't do anything fancy. We worked hard and we played pretty simple."
Roy stopped seven shots in the first period, eight in the second and just three in the third in extending his postseason records for wins (150) and shutouts.
"I think our decisions were better than we (made) last game," he said. "We didn't create turnovers at the blue line."
Roy made back-to-back spectacular saves midway through the second period to preserve a 1-0 lead. During a scramble, he lunged across the goalmouth and got the paddle of his stick on Wes Walz's shot from below the left faceoff circle. While Walz was raising his arms in celebration, Roy extended his paddle to the other side of the net to deny Cliff Ronning on the rebound.
"It was a 1-0 game. It came at the right moment and it was good to keep the game as it was," Roy said.
"It was one of those saves that you're going to watch on highlights for a long time," Walz said. "It was a huge momentum swing. If we could have snuck that one in, it would have been 1-1."
Held to one assist in the first two games of the series, Forsberg - the NHL's leading scorer during the regular season - set up Alex Tanguay's goal 3:33 into the opening period for the only support Roy needed.
After Joe Sakic netted an insurance goal in the second, Forsberg capped the scoring with 12:05 to play in the third.
"It was a great road game to win, 3-0. And we're happy with the four lines and the solid defensive play, so you've got to be happy with this win," Forsberg said. "On the other hand, it's one win and we need two more."
Game Four is Wednesday at Minnesota.
"This is a team that we know is stronger. They've been there, they have great players on that team and they should win," Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said. "What we want to do is put up a good fight and make it as close as possible. And if we can get some breaks and steal another game, we'll take it and we'll go from there."
The Avalanche took advantage of sloppy play by goaltender Dwayne Roloson to grab the lead.
Roloson coughed up the puck behind the net and put it on the stick of Forsberg. He threw it in front to Tanguay, whose first shot was stopped by Walz. With Roloson scrambling back into position, Tanguay put in a backhander for his first playoff goal.
"It was a great play by (Forsberg)," Tanguay said. "He just pushed it in front. I took a couple whacks at it and fortunately, it went in."
Minnesota dominated the second period, but Sakic scored on one of Colorado's five shots. A check by Mike Keane along the boards in his own zone freed Sakic to move down the right side. He crossed the Wild blue line, cut across to the top of the slot and put a wrister past a screened Roloson.
"I was tired, it was at the end of the shift," Sakic said. "I waited for a while. Milan (Hejduk) and everyone else was coming through, so I just tried to gain the middle, and Keaner went to the net hard."
Roloson said he never saw the shot, adding, "Their guy jumped right in front."
In the third period, Forsberg came out from the side of the net, deked Roloson and curled a shot around the goalie's left pad.
"They've done a good job on everybody," Sakic said. "They play so well defensively and there's not a lot of room. I think (Forsberg) got a little room on the power play and was able to put it in."
Roloson made just 15 saves for Minnesota, which has lost both games in the series when Colorado scored first.
"When we get the first goal, we seem to make simpler plays and have a lot of energy," Ronning said. "We try to do too many things when we don't get that first goal."