Originally created 02/22/99

Stars 1, Avalanche 1

DALLAS -- Patrick Roy is a tough goaltender to get revenge against even when he's hurting.

Roy of the Colorado Avalanche and Ed Belfour of the Dallas Stars sparkled as two of the elite teams in the NHL played to a 1-1 tie Sunday.

The Avalanche's Chris Drury and the Stars' Brett Hull were the only players to find the net.

Roy, battling an injured left hamstring, said he wasn't about to skate off.

"I didn't want to leave such a big game," Roy said. "I wanted to finish. I was good enough to stay. I felt the hamstring spasm trying to stop a wide shot. It was very uncomfortable."

Dallas, seeking retribution for a loss two weeks ago in Reunion Arena to Colorado, had to settle for the tie because of the brilliant Roy.

Roy stopped 23 shots, including two in overtime as Dallas swarmed the Avalanche net but couldn't connect. Roy turned back shots by Pat Verbeek and Derian Hatcher in overtime.

"Each time we come here we get a great challenge against a great team," Roy said. "To have a game like this is good for my confidence."

It was Roy's 16th consecutive start.

Belfour turned away 17 shots, none in overtime.

"I wanted to get the last game I had against them behind me," Belfour said. "It was a good game for both teams. I just didn't want to let my teammates down this time."

The game matched Pacific Division-leading Dallas against Northwest Division-leading Colorado. Dallas now has 79 points, best in the NHL, and 14 more in the Western Conference than the Avalanche.

"A point is a point," said Dallas defenseman Richard Matvichuk. "I guess we'll have to be satisfied with that for awhile."

The teams meet in the final regular season game on April 18 in Colorado.

Roy had to pay for his own slashing penalty in the first period. He chopped Hull down from behind with his stick. It was Hull who cashed in with a goal on the power play for the only Stars goal in regulation.

Hull took a pass from defenseman Darryl Sydor and poked the puck into the net on Roy's glove side for a 1-0 lead. It was Hull's 25th goal of the season, his sixth in six games and his 10th in his last 13 for the Stars.

Adam Deadmarsh hit Drury with a perfect pass in the second period and Drury beat Belfour with a wrist shot to tie the game for the Avalanche.

Roy stopped 27 shots to blank the Stars 3-0 in Dallas on Feb. 7. Colorado, which had a 12-game winning streak, hasn't won a game since beating Dallas. The Avalanche are 0-2-3 since then.

Dallas is 5-0-1 and the tie broke a five-game winning streak.

Dallas lost Sydor in the first period for the rest of the game because of a left knee injury suffered in a mid-ice collision with Stephane Yelle. The extent of the injury will be determined on Monday.

Doctors said after the game that Sydor had a mild sprained knee and the maximum time he will miss is a week.


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