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Roy Reaches Another Level

January 21, 2003|From Times Wire Services

Patrick Roy of Colorado became the first goaltender in NHL history to play in 1,000 regular-season games, reaching the milestone in the Avalanche's 1-1 tie with the Dallas Stars on Monday night at Denver.

Roy made 29 saves, giving up a second-period goal to Jere Lehtinen. Dallas extended its unbeaten streak to 11 games and Colorado ended a four-game losing streak at the Pepsi Center.

The 37-year-old Roy passed Terry Sawchuk's record of 971 games played earlier this season. Roy's 529 victories are a league record.

"At the beginning of my career, I never thought this would be possible," said Roy, who made his debut with the Montreal Canadiens during the 1984-85 season.

Roy was honored before Monday's game, with the Avalanche presenting him with a silver hockey stick.

"It was good for Patty and special for us to be involved in his 1,000th game and it's a great hockey game to be a part of," Colorado Coach Tony Granato said. "He is always primed, but he has had a lot of special occasions and moments throughout his career. This was another one."

Roy stopped Brendan Morrison on a third-period breakaway and had seven saves in overtime to earn the tie.

Colorado's Riku Hahl scored off a rebound in the first period, then Lehtinen tied the score 4 minutes 36 seconds into the second period with his 19th goal, one-timing a touch pass from Mike Modano past Roy's stick side on a power play.

St. Louis 5, Carolina 3 -- The Blues built a four-goal lead, but Carolina scored three goals in a 7- 1/2 minute span in the third period to make it close before an empty-net goal by Scott Mellanby sealed the victory and sent the Hurricanes to a franchise-record seventh consecutive home loss.

Tampa Bay 6, Ottawa 2 -- Vaclav Prospal had a goal and three assists to help the Lightning win at Tampa, Fla., and end the Senators' five-game winning streak. Tampa Bay ended an 11-game winless streak against Ottawa.

Washington 3, Boston 3 -- Joe Thornton had a goal and two assists for the second consecutive game, setting up Glen Murray's tying slap shot with 4:26 left to help the host Bruins rally from a two-goal deficit.

Columbus 5, Chicago 1 -- Jaroslav Spacek had two assists at Columbus, Ohio, to extend his points streak to a Blue Jacket record six consecutive games.

Montreal 3, Florida 2 -- Jan Bulis and Doug Gilmour scored 38 seconds apart in the third period at Sunrise, Fla., to help the Canadiens end their five-game skid on the road.

Phoenix 3, San Jose 1 -- Zac Bierk made 26 saves for his first victory of the season and Daniel Briere scored twice at Phoenix.

Calgary 4, Edmonton 3 -- Craig Conroy had two goals and an assist to help the Flames build a four-goal lead at Calgary, Canada.

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Philadelphia Flyer forward Justin Williams will have reconstructive knee surgery that is expected to keep him out the rest of the season. Williams, 21, injured his left knee Saturday in the Flyers' victory over Tampa Bay. He has eight goals and 15 assists.

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