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Detroit can't get it past Roy

©Associated Press
February 7, 2003

DETROIT -- Patrick Roy couldn't be much hotter.

Roy recorded his 64th career shutout and Alex Tanguay scored as Colorado beat Detroit 1-0 on Thursday night, and left Brett Hull waiting to join the 700-goal club.

Roy made 28 saves and tied Toronto goalie Ed Belfour for the most shutouts among active goaltenders. Belfour blanked Florida on Wednesday night for his 64th.

Roy's three shutouts this season have come in the past six games. He held the Red Wings scoreless for the first time in his career during the regular season. Roy has four shutouts against Detroit in the playoffs.

"He's been great," Colorado coach Tony Granato said. "He's a man on a mission to prove he's the best -- still the best."

Colorado is 5-0-2 since losing to Detroit on Jan. 16 at home, and is unbeaten in a season-best seven games.

Detroit is winless in its past five games, has won once since beating the Avalanche.

Early in the third, Hull had a chance to become the sixth player to score 700 regular-season goals. But Roy stopped his first shot from just under the right circle, and a post stopped Hull's shot off the rebound.

Hull has not scored in six games. His father, Hall of Famer Bobby, was at the game.

The Wings pulled goaltender Curtis Joseph for the final minute, and they had two chances to score, including one shot off Hull's stick with about 35 seconds left, but couldn't beat Roy.

"He's the best. That's all there is to it," Granato said. "We're lucky to have him on our side."

Joseph, who had 20 saves, is 0-4-1 in his past five games since stopping 36 shots at Colorado and 3-7-1 in his past 11.

PANTHERS 6, PENGUINS 0: Mario Lemieux was ejected for fighting late in host Pittsburgh's loss to Florida. Lemieux, who had eight penalty minutes heading into the game, picked up 29 with 5:12 to play. He slashed Florida's Brad Ference and then dropped his gloves against the fourth-year defenseman. Lemieux, who was upset with Ference for a cross-check, was assessed minor penalties for slashing and instigating, a major penalty for fighting, a 10-minute misconduct and game misconduct. Kristian Huselius and Matt Cullen had a goal and two assists each and Roberto Luongo made 28 saves for his fifth shutout.

BRUINS 6, CANADIENS 3: Martin Lapointe scored his first goal since the second game of the season and Jeff Hackett stopped 28 shots against his former team. Glen Murray, P.J. Axelsson, Nick Boynton, Kris Vernarsky and Joe Thornton scored Boston's other goals. Brian Rolston had three assists for the host Bruins. Former Bruins Mariusz Czerkawski and Joe Juneau had Montreal's goals, with Czerkawski getting two. Hackett, acquired via San Jose on Jan. 23 after being dealt by Montreal earlier that day, was wearing his Canadiens pads and mask.

FLYERS 2, SENATORS 2: Eric Chouinard scored in the first period and assisted on Jeremy Roenick's goal in the second for visiting Philadelphia. Chouinard, acquired from Montreal on Jan. 29, scored his second goal in three games with Philadelphia before setting up Roenick's 18th of the season. Flyers goalie Roman Cechmanek made 43 saves as Ottawa outshot Philadelphia 45-30. Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson had two assists, setting up first-period goals by Zdeno Chara and Todd White. Rookie Martin Prusek subbed for Senators All-Star goalie Patrick Lalime, who missed the game because of the flu. Flyers forward Simon Gagne will be out at least three weeks with a groin injury.

BLUES 4, RANGERS 4: Keith Tkachuk and Mikael Samuelsson scored two goals apiece, and each got one late in the third period for host St. Louis. The Rangers are winless (0-1-1-1) in three games under Glen Sather, who guaranteed the team would make the playoffs. Pavol Demitra had a goal and two assists for the Blues, who are 2-0-2 in their past four and rallied from an early 2-0 deficit after pulling goalie Brent Johnson.

BLACKHAWKS 2, FLAMES 2: Chris Drury scored the tying goal and goaltender Jamie McLennan made 30 saves, including 10 in overtime, for host Calgary. Kyle Calder put Chicago ahead 2-1 at 7:19 of the third period, but the lead lasted just 25 seconds. Jarome Iginla also scored for Calgary, which is last in the Western Conference.

DEVILS: Forward Sergei Brylin had surgery on his broken right wrist and is expected to be out two to three months.

MAPLE LEAFS: Darryl Sittler, who set the league points record 27 years ago today with six goals and four assists, will be honored before Saturday's game against the Canadiens. A banner bearing his name and sweater number, 27, will be raised to the Air Canada Centre rafters. Ten players have picked up eight points in a game since Sittler set the record, but nobody has come closer to his 10 points.

SABRES: Forward Chris Gratton will play tonight against the Canucks after missing the last two games with a mild concussion.

WILD: Coach Jacques Lemaire and assistants Mario Tremblay and Mike Ramsey signed three-year contract extensions.

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