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Ray, Roy, siss boom bah!

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At 40 years old, Colorado Avalanche defenseman Ray Bourque finally gets to hoist the Stanley Cup trophy.

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published June 10, 2001

Behind goalie Patrick Roy and two Alex Tanguay goals, the Avalanche beats the Devils 3-1 to give Ray Bourque his 1st title.

DENVER -- Alex Tanguay had two goals and an assist, and Patrick Roy had 20 saves, giving the Avalanche a 3-1 win over the Devils in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final Saturday night.

Martin Brodeur had 14 saves for the Devils, who were seeking their second straight cup.

Joe Sakic had the other goal for the Avalanche, and Petr Sykora scored for New Jersey.

Colorado staved off elimination by beating the Devils 4-0 in Game 6 in New Jersey on Thursday night, giving defenseman Ray Bourque another life in his quest for his first Stanley Cup in 22 seasons.

Colorado teammates Milan Hejduk, left, Villie Nieminen, Eric Messier and Steven Reinprecht celebrate left wing Alex Tanguay's first-period goal. He scored twice in the game.
Both teams, who talked before the game of the importance of eliminating mistakes, skated cautiously in the early minutes.

Colorado had the initial man advantage when New Jersey's Sergei Brylin was whistled for boarding Milan Hejduk at 3:20 of the opening period. Brodeur stopped a hard shot by Chris Drury from the slot, but it was the only shot the Avalanche would get on the power play.

Moments after Roy stopped a shot by Scott Gomez and Gomez's subsequent rebound try, the Avalanche took a 1-0 lead.

Tanguay skated behind the net from left to right, spun and sent a wrist shot past Brodeur from just inside the right circle at 7:58. It was his fifth goal of the playoffs and third of the final, and it came on Colorado's fifth shot.

At 12:10, Roy made a sprawling pad save on a point-blank shot by Patrik Elias, who was unable to lift the puck over Roy's leg.

Gomez went off on a holding penalty at 16:06, but again the Avs managed just one shot, by Martin Skoula from just inside the blue line.

Just seconds after the power play ended, Sykora clanged a shot off the left post on a 3-on-2 rush.

Colorado wasted little time padding its lead in the second.

At 4:57, defenseman Adam Foote sent the puck along the right boards to Sakic, who broke free and put a shot on Brodeur that rebounded out front to Tanguay, who scored from the slot.

A minute later, Sean O'Donnell was penalized for high sticking, and Colorado got its first power-play goal. Sakic, the leading scorer in the playoffs, faked a slap shot from the right circle, inching defenseman Scott Stevens out of position, and then flipped a wrist shot past Brodeur at 6:16 for a 3-0 lead. It was Sakic's 13th goal of the post-season.

A high-sticking penalty on Colorado's Eric Messier, which sent John Madden crashing to the ice, gave New Jersey its first power play, and the Devils needed just 11 seconds to convert.

Elias passed from the left boards to a streaking Sykora, who beat Roy from the slot at 9:33 for his 10th goal of the playoffs.

Three minutes later, Messier was about to go off on a holding penalty, but New Jersey's Jason Arnott was called for tripping, negating the Devils power play and setting up a 4-on-4.

The home team has won eight of the past Game 7s in finals history. The last road team to win Game 7 of the final was the 1971 Montreal Canadiens.

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