Originally created 05/17/99

Colorado, Roy blank Red Wings

DENVER -- Peter Forsberg had a goal and an assist, and Patrick Roy recorded his 12th career playoff shutout as the Colorado Avalanche beat Detroit 3-0 on Sunday to move one victory away from the Western Conference finals.

The Avalanche, winning their third straight game in the series after losing the first two at home, could clinch the series in Game 6 Tuesday night in Detroit. A seventh game, if necessary, would be played Thursday in Denver.

Roy, extending his NHL playoff record for wins to 106, had 36 saves as the home team won for the first time in this series. Detroit's Chris Osgood, who missed the first four games with a sprained right knee, returned to the net and had 23 saves.

Other Colorado goals were scored by Jeff Odgers, his first of the playoffs, and Adam Deadmarsh, his seventh.

Bruins 5, Sabres 3

BOSTON -- Don Sweeney beat Dominik Hasek 9:01 into the game to break a 116-minute shutout streak, and the Boston Bruins scored three more times off Hasek in the second period to beat Buffalo in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

The Sabres lead three games to two with a chance to clinch the series in Game 6 Tuesday night in Buffalo. In 18 tries, the Bruins have never won a playoff series after falling behind 3-1.

Hasek, who led the NHL in save percentage for the sixth consecutive year, had shut out the Bruins for five straight periods before he was beaten by Sweeney. The league's two-time MVP was pulled after two periods with the Sabres trailing 4-1.


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