DENVER (TICKER) —Patrick Roy has more victories than any goaltender in NHL history, but he could not produce another in his 1,000th regular-season game.
Roy stopped 29 shots but was battled to a stalemate by Marty Turco as the sputtering Colorado Avalanche settled for a 1-1 tie with the Western Conference-leading Dallas Stars, whose unbeaten streak reached 11 games.
Last season, Roy broke the NHL record for goalies by playing in his 972nd game. He received a silver stick during a ceremony before his 1,000th appearance, then blanked the red-hot Stars until Jere Lehtinen scored a power-play goal 4:36 into the second period.
“To be honest with you, it’s something I never thought would happen for me,” Roy said. “I guess I just took it one year at a time. I was injury-free for many years and I guess that helped a lot to be there. Like I said, some people want to say they wear the sweater, but to wear it for 1,000 games, I guess you need to perform some nights.”
Roy was perfect thereafter, turning aside all 16 shots over the third period and overtime. He denied Jason Arnott from the doorstep with 11:05 to go in regulation and got his right shoulder on a shot by Brenden Morrow moments later at the end of a partial breakaway.
Twice, Roy robbed fellow All-Star Bill Guerin in overtime, stopping him on a rebound with 2:33 to play.
“I’ve been working a lot harder the last four or five days and I hope I can build around (this) game,” Roy said. “And hopefully, I can turn a corner.”
“Patty was thinking about this game. I think he wanted to win it,” Colorado defenseman Derek Morris added. “He was playing hard and we wanted to win it for him. It’s unfortunate we got a tie.”
Turco was just as good as the future Hall of Famer. Playing his 97th NHL game, he made 33 saves, including a handful of key stops in the third period.
With 11:23 left, Turco smothered defenseman Martin Skoula’s drive from the slot, then got a piece of Peter Forsberg’s wrister from the bottom of the left faceoff circle with 5:17 remaining. Less than a minute later, he stopped a backhander by Joe Sakic and held on during a scramble to preserve the deadlock.
“It was an honor to be a part of,” Turco said of Roy’s 1,000th game. “Watch him growing up and have a chance to play against him, it’s been fun. That’s huge, double the milestone that we go by, and he’s certainly the greatest.”
Dallas had a four-game winning streak stopped but is 8-0-3 since December 26.
“Things are clicking,” Guerin said. “But we’re focused and playing well, playing our system. We’re working hard. It’s something we have to keep going.”
Riku Hahl was credited with the lone goal for the Avalanche, who have just one win in their last six games (1-4-1).
“Every point for us is desperate right now, so we have to go out there and play desperate hockey,” Colorado center Steven Reinprecht said. “And we played a solid game.”
This contest had just as much intensity as the Avalanche’s 4-2 loss to archrival Detroit on Thursday. Peter Forsberg waged a personal battle with Stars captain Derian Hatcher that culminated early in the third period when Hatcher leveled the All-Star center, then fought with Adam Foote.
“He was coming up the ice and slashing me from behind and the shift beforehand, I kind of slashed him,” Forsberg said. “It happens, it’s part of the game.”
“Sure, I slashed him. He slashes, too,” Hatcher countered. “I actually slashed him one time from behind and he speared me, too. So what?”
Those fireworks came after the scoring was over.
At 9:31 of the first period, Reinprecht tried a wraparound at the right goalpost. The puck appeared to get a piece of Dallas defenseman Sergei Zubov before deflecting past Turco, but Hahl was credited with his first goal of the season.
Lehtinen tied it on the power play early in the second. Mike Modano had the puck on the right side and tried to make a cross-ice pass to Guerin. But he did not get all of it and the puck reached Lehtinen in the low slot, where he wristed a shot over Roy’s right arm.
The assist was the 593rd of Modano’s career, tying Neal Broten’s franchise record.
“It was a good night,” Modano said. “I got kind of a lucky bounce, but we had lots of chances and Billy had a lot of great opportunities. I’m glad I got that (record) over with though.”