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Controversial OT goal gives Avalanche win

©Associated Press
January 13, 2003

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Rob Blake's controversial goal helped end Colorado's losing streak and added to Carolina's recent woes.

Blake tied the score late in the third period Sunday and Milan Hejduk scored 2:04 into overtime as the Avalanche rallied for a 3-2 win.

Hejduk also scored in the first period and assisted on Blake's goal with 1:22 left for Colorado, which snapped a three-game losing streak.

Jeff O'Neill's goal on a breakaway early in the third gave Carolina a 2-1 lead, but Colorado rallied. Hurricanes goaltender Kevin Weekes stopped Sakic's shot but the Avalanche controlled the rebound. Peter Forsberg batted the puck into the crease, and Blake poked it past Weekes.

Weekes immediately protested to the referees, and video replays showed that Blake knocked the stick out of Weekes' hand while battling with Sean Hill near the crease just before the goal.

"Hey, I got cross-checked on the play," Blake said. "I was just trying to keep my balance and I hit (Weekes) on the way down. That's what happens when you're battling in front."

It was another bitter loss for the Hurricanes, who have lost 12 of 18 games.

"There's no argument about it," Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice said. "It's not even a gray area with this one. It's not the losing coach complaining because he got screwed by the refs. They blew the call at the critical time of the game."

Weekes finished with 30 saves.

MIGHTY DUCKS 2, BLUES 1: Jason Krog and Niclas Havelid scored 61/2 minutes apart in the third for host Anaheim, which held St. Louis to 19 shots. The Ducks, 7-2-1 in their past 10 at home, tied it on Krog's goal with 12:25 left. Anaheim took the lead on a power-play goal with 5:55 left as Havelid's 55-foot shot from between the circles deflected off St. Louis defenseman Bryce Salvador and past goalie Brent Johnson's left skate.

BLACKHAWKS 2, PREDATORS 0: Jocelyn Thibault made 17 saves on his 28th birthday to record his league-leading sixth shutout for host Chicago, which snapped an 0-0-2-2 streak. Eric Daze and Theo Fleury scored; Fleury's goal was his 450th.

PANTHERS: Late Saturday, owner Alan Cohen criticized the Capitals and coach Bruce Cassidy for their record-setting 12-2 rout of his team.

"You can be sure that if we were ever able to get a 6-0 lead, the Panthers will act with more class than has been shown by the Capitals and their coach," Cohen wrote in an e-mail to the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale.

Capitals forward Jaromir Jagr had three goals and four assists but rested for most of the third.

"Most of these Florida players will be around a long time," Cohen wrote. "It doesn't matter who wears a Washington uniform. We'll never forget."

"I know how it feels to be on the other side," Jagr said. "It's not easy to be down 10-0."

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