Patrick Roy tied Hall of Famer Tony Esposito for third place on the NHL career list with his 423rd victory and Jeff Odgers ended a 77-game goal-scoring drought as the Colorado Avalanche beat the host Anaheim Mighty Ducks, 2-1, last night.
Roy stopped 24 shots and Chris Drury scored on a power play, leading Colorado to its fifth victory in seven games and helping give the Avalanche a two-point lead over Vancouver in the Northwest Division. Colorado is trying to join Montreal (1975-82) and Edmonton (1982-87) as the only franchises to win at least six consecutive division titles.
Roy--who has gone 47 games since recording his 46th and most recent shutout on Feb. 7, 1999, at Dallas--lost his bid on Ruslan Salei's one-timer from the left point. It was the defenseman's first goal in 65 games dating from last New Year's Day, but Roy got a break less than 11 minutes earlier when Jeff Nielsen hit the crossbar.
The only goaltenders with more victories than Roy are two Hall of Famers, the late Terry Sawchuck with 447 and the late Jacques Plante with 434.
* SABRES 2, BLACKHAWKS 1: Miroslav Satan broke one of Buffalo's longest scoring droughts early in the third period and rookie Maxim Afinogenov added the game-winner in Buffalo.
Chicago's 1-0 lead lasted until Satan tied the game 34 seconds into the third period. The goal ended the Sabres' drought at 162 minutes 29 seconds. Buffalo's longest scoreless streak was 183:54 and started with the expansion team's first game Oct. 10, 1970, lasting until Oct. 17.
* RED WINGS 3, KINGS 1: Steve Yzerman scored two goals and Manny Legace won his second straight start in the Detroit net as the Red Wings won at home.
Vyacheslav Kozlov also scored for the Red Wings, who have won four of their last five and six of eight.
Legace, claimed off waivers from Vancouver last month, was recalled by the Red Wings on Dec. 2 when Ken Wregget struggled backing up regular Chris Osgood, who's out with a broken right hand.
Legace beat Nashville in his first Detroit start Wednesday and stopped 26 shots against the Kings, with whom he made his NHL debut last season.
"You think he's small and you shoot high and he keeps stopping everything with his glove," said the Kings' Luc Robitaille. "And you think he's small and you shoot in the corners low and his pad always seems to be there. He's one of those goalies where you have to keep on shooting and hope you get a break."
* BLUES 4, PREDATORS 2: In Nashville, Pierre Turgeon had an assist and scored the go-ahead goal in a three-minute span of the second period. Scott Young added two goals, including an empty-netter, and Chris Pronger had two assists for the Blues.
* LIGHTNING 3, HURRICANES 2: Chris Gratton and Stan Drulia each had a goal and assist as host Tampa Bay snapped a 10-game winless streak against Carolina. Dan Cloutier made 28 saves for the Lightning.
* STARS 4, PANTHERS 3: Jamie Langenbrunner's goal with 17:08 remaining broke a 3-3 tie as Dallas recovered from a shell-shocked second period to win at home.
Florida rallied late in the second period for three goals over a span of 1:42, the fastest three goals in team history, after Dallas had built a 3-0 first-period lead.
* FLAMES 3, CANUCKS 2: Valeri Bure scored a power-play goal early in the third period to give Calgary the win at home. "When things are going well for you, like they are now, everybody is so confident," Bure said. "We go into the games feeling really good about ourselves."
* SHARKS 4, THRASHERS 1: In San Jose, Patrick Marleau had a goal and an assist, and Alexander Korolyuk added two assists.