Only three games into the new season, Patrick Roy already has 96 saves -- and one big steal -- for the Colorado Avalanche.
Roy stopped 37 shots and the Avalanche withstood Pittsburgh's three-goal second period to gain a 3-3 tie in the Penguins' home opener last night under new owner Mario Lemieux.
The Penguins outshot the Avalanche 40-18 and had nearly all of the good scoring chances after the first period, then survived an Avalanche power play over the final 43 seconds of 4-on-4 overtime.
"Patrick was simply Patrick," Colorado Coach Bob Hartley said. "It would be pretty tough to be more impressive than he was."
Jaromir Jagr had one goal and set up another as Pittsburgh scored three goals in 7 minutes 35 seconds to turn a 3-1 deficit into a tie that easily could have been a win if it weren't for Roy. "He stole a couple of goals from me and he stole a game for his team," Jagr said. "He played great."
The Penguins, playing their second game in as many nights, apparently didn't get an emotional lift from Lemieux's pregame remarks to the standing-room-only crowd. Colorado needed only three shots to grab a 2-0 lead on rookie Alex Tanguay's first career goal 22 seconds into the game and Jon Klemm's second goal of the season, at 5:02.
"It's the beginning of the season and we're still rusty and I have to talk to the defensemen a little more," said goaltender Peter Skudra, who started for the injured Tom Barrasso. "They came out hard and we came back hard."
Skudra settled down after the shaky start as the Penguins stepped up the offensive pressure by outshooting Colorado 14-3 during the three-goal second period and 12-4 in the third period.
"They were moving the puck, no doubt about it," Roy said. "I didn't have time to appreciate their play. When they started in during the second period, I was ready to call somebody in to take my place for a while."
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman attended the game, the Penguins' first since Lemieux's ownership group purchased the team in bankruptcy court to prevent it from relocating, possibly to Portland, Ore.
RANGERS 3, HURRICANES 1: In New York, Theoren Fleury scored his first goal of the season and set up two others. Fleury's linemate Petr Nedved assisted on all three goals.
"It was time to have a big game," Fleury said. "I felt good in the warmups, my legs were going good. Our line is moving the puck well. All three goals were perfect examples of that."
The Rangers played an aggressive game, limiting Carolina to 17 shots and peppering goaltender Arturs Irbe with 37.
BLACKHAWKS 3, COYOTES 3: In Chicago, Juha Ylonen and Rick Tocchet scored 25 seconds apart late in the third period as Phoenix rallied without Jeremy Roenick for the tie.
Phoenix (2-0-1) lost Roenick less than three minutes into the third period when he was assessed a match penalty following a bloody fight. It started when he struck friend and former teammate Tony Amonte across the face with his stick.
The Coyotes trailed 3-1 at the time and appeared on the way to their first loss this season.
Phoenix made it 3-2 with 5:45 left on Ylonen's backhander from right in front of the net and scored again 25 seconds later when Tocchet tipped in a shot on a give-and-go pass from Trevor Letkowski in the right circle. The Blackhawks (0-2-1) remained winless.
CANADIENS 4, FLAMES 1: In Calgary, Brian Savage scored three goals in leading Montreal to its first win of the season over the winless Flames. Saku Koivu assisted on all three goals by Savage as Montreal's offense finally came to life after scoring just once in each of their opening two losses.
MIGHTY DUCKS 3, STARS 0: In Anaheim, Calif., Teemu Selanne scored on a 5-on-3 power play in the second period and Guy Hebert made 37 saves.