Originally created 04/29/01

Avalanche tie series with Kings



DENVER -- Patrick Roy set an NHL record with his 16th career playoff shutout as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Los Angeles Kings 2-0 Saturday to even their Western Conference semifinal series at 1-1.

Ville Nieminen and Joe Sakic scored, and Ray Bourque had a key defensive play for top-seeded Colorado.

Games 3 and 4 of the best-of-seven series will be in Los Angeles on Monday and Wednesday.

Roy, already the NHL's winningest goalie for his career and in the playoffs, had been tied for most playoff shutouts with Clint Benedict of Ottawa and the Montreal Maroons (1919-28).

Roy, under fire from fans for his recent subpar play, finished with 20 saves. The Kings' Felix Potvin had 26 saves.

In a scoreless first period, Potvin had several key early stops, including one on Adam Foote on a partial breakaway.

Penalties against Jon Klemm and Foote gave seventh-seeded Los Angeles a 5-on-3 advantage for 13 seconds, but the Kings couldn't capitalize. Roy stopped Philippe Boucher, and Potvin later blocked Chris Drury's short-range shot.

After a bizarre sequence of plays early in the second period, Colorado took a 1-0 lead.

Glen Murray's short-handed shot for Los Angeles deflected into the air off a sprawling Roy and appeared headed into the net, but Bourque swatted it away.

While video goal judges consulted replay to determine if the puck had crossed the goal line, Nieminen scored moments later, jamming in a rebound of Peter Forsberg's shot at 2:29.

If Murray's goal was allowed, Nieminen's goal wouldn't have counted. But because the on-ice officials had not ruled Murray's attempt a goal and because replay was inconclusive, it was disallowed and Colorado had a 1-0 advantage.

It was the 11th power-play goal allowed by Los Angeles in the postseason, the most by any team.

Colorado, which outshot Los Angeles 15-5 in the period, failed to capitalize on a 5-on-3 advantage for 58 seconds.

Ex-Avalanche forward Adam Deadmarsh hit the crossbar early in the third period, but Roy remained solid, stopping a hard shot by Murray through traffic.

At 15:13, Sakic, on a breakaway up the middle, beat Potvin after defenseman Aaron Miller fell down. It was Sakic's first shot of the day.

Notes: Colorado acquired Rob Blake and Steven Reinprecht from Los Angeles on Feb. 21 in exchange for Deadmarsh, Miller, a first-round draft choice and other considerations. ... Roy had allowed three goals on the first 12 shots he faced in Game 1. ... The loss snapped Los Angeles' franchise-record five-game winning streak in the playoffs. ... The teams split four regular-season meetings, each winning twice at home.