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© St. Petersburg Times, published October 15, 2000


Roy ties career victory record

DENVER -- The chase is over. Patrick Roy is second to none among NHL goaltenders.

Roy tied Terry Sawchuk's career victory record Saturday night, making 14 saves for his 447th win as the Avalanche beat the expansion Blue Jackets 3-1.

Roy, who was 19 when he won his first NHL game for Montreal on Feb. 23, 1985, raised his arms and was swarmed by his teammates as time expired. Defenseman Adam Foote handed him the historic puck.

Playing his 16th season, Roy reached 447 victories faster than Sawchuk, who retired in 1970. Roy reached the mark in his 846th game, while Sawchuk needed 968.

After making history against a team without one, Roy can set the record Tuesday night at Washington.

Marc Denis of the Blue Jackets made 30 saves but gave up a power-play goal to Jon Klemm that broke a 1-1 tie 4:03 into the third period. Peter Forsberg added a goal that deflected off the skate of Columbus defenseman Petteri Nummelin with 3:58 remaining.

Chris Drury also scored and had an assist for the Avalanche, who outshot Columbus 33-15.

Jagr's four goals beat Rangers

The Rangers lost for the first time this season and missed a chance at their first 3-0 start since 1989-90. Mark Messier and Theo Fleury each scored twice as the Rangers converted four of nine power-play chances.

The Penguins put the game away with three goals in the first 6:06 of the third period against goalie Kirk McLean, 5-14-1 in his career against Pittsburgh.

Jagr completed his seventh career hat trick 53 seconds into the third to break a 4-4 tie. With the Rangers caught in a line change, Jagr had ample time to wrist a shot past McLean.

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CANADIENS 5, BLACKHAWKS 4 (OT): Defenseman Patrice Brisebois scored 2:39 into overtime after Dainius Zubrus forced the extra period with his third goal as host Montreal rallied.

Brisebois pinched in from the right point, took a cross-ice pass from Trevor Linden and crept in on goaltender Jocelyn Thibault before flipping the puck under the former Canadien's left arm.

It was the second game-winner of the season for Brisebois, who had two in 54 games last season.

Trailing 4-3 after Chicago scored twice with less than eight minutes remaining in the third, Zubrus tied the score in the final minute and forced overtime.

Alexei Zhamnov had a power-play goal and two assists for the Blackhawks.

Tony Amonte rallied Chicago by scoring with less than eight minutes left in the third and assisting on Eric Daze's go-ahead goal just over three minutes later as the Blackhawks took a 4-3 lead.

Amonte took a pass from Zhamnov and fired a shot past Canadiens goalie Jeff Hackett 12:14 into the third for his third goal of the season, tying the score at 3.

Montreal blew a third-period lead and appeared headed for its fourth loss. But Zubrus completed his first career hat trick with 24 seconds remaining, flicking in a wrist shot from the top of the crease off a centering pass from defenseman Eric Weinrich.

SENATORS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 0: Patrick Lalime stopped 26 shots for visiting Ottawa.

Magnus Arvedson, Martin Havlat, Rob Zamuner and Sami Salo scored for the Senators.

Ottawa has three straight wins over Stanley Cup contenders, defeating the Cup champion Devils 3-1 Friday night, along with a victory over the Stars, last season's Western Conference champions.

FLAMES 2, ISLANDERS 0: Cory Stillman had a goal and an assist, and Fred Brathwaite stopped 25 shots as visiting Calgary won for the first time this season.

The Flames have won the past seven meetings between the teams since a 3-1 home win for New York on Dec. 3, 1996.

John Vanbiesbrouck, one of eight new Islanders to make his home debut, stopped 26 shots.

The Islanders remained winless, but according to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, there is reason for optimism for Islanders fans.

"On a night where both New York baseball teams are playing in the playoffs, the building is full and it's an incredible crowd," Bettman said. "It's an indication of the passion for hockey on Long Island."

STARS 3, CAPITALS 0: Ed Belfour recorded his first shutout of the season and Jamie Langenbrunner and Mike Modano each had a goal and an assist for host Dallas.

Belfour stopped all 12 shots for his 50th career shutout.

DEVILS 4, MIGHTY DUCKS 2: Randy McKay and Bobby Holik each scored two goals for host New Jersey.

The Devils' power play, 1-for-8 in the first two games, was 3-for-5 with the man advantage.

The Ducks, kicking off a five-game Eastern road trip, got third-period goals from Ladislav Kohn and Teemu Selanne.

Anaheim was whistled for two penalties in the first period and the Devils cashed in on both.

PREDATORS 2, HURRICANES 1: Bill Houlder scored the first short-handed goal of his 604-game career for host Nashville.

Houlder, a defenseman whose career began with Washington in 1987-88, snapped a 1-1 tie at 2:53 of the third period.

The victory put the Predators two games over .500 (3-1-0) for the first time in the franchise's three-year history.

CANADIENS: Captain Saku Koivu is scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday and is expected to be out for three months.

Koivu, 25, left Wednesday's game in the first period after a collision with Rangers forward Eric Lacroix.

An MRI on Thursday revealed a torn medial collateral ligament in the Finnish center's left knee. Koivu has missed 120 games to injury over the past four seasons.

FLYERS: John LeClair has an inflamed disk in his lower back and will decide Monday whether to have surgery. If LeClair has surgery, he will probably face a six-week rehabilitation.

SHARKS: Center Vincent Damphousse became the 58th player to score 1,000 career points with an assist against Boston.

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