Avalanche Survive Red Wings 4-3, OT
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DETROIT (AP) _ Chris Drury did it to the Detroit Red Wings again.
Drury scored 2:17 into overtime Monday night as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 to even the Western Conference finals.
Peter Forsberg had a goal and three assists for the Avalanche, and Patrick Roy made 30 saves.
It was the third career playoff overtime goal for Drury, who leads the Avalanche with four postseason game-winning goals against the Red Wings. Colorado improved to 21-1-1 this season when Drury scores.
Steven Reinprecht got a rebound of Forsberg’s shot and set up Drury to tie the best-of-seven series 1-1.
Game 3 is Wednesday night in Denver.
Detroit won the series opener 5-3 on Saturday, but again Roy was able to shake that off. Roy is 10-0 with the Avalanche following a playoff loss in which he allows at least five goals.
Detroit had won nine of 10 playoff games and five straight in Joe Louis Arena. Dominik Hasek made 22 saves.
Colorado took a 1-0 lead in the first, a 2-1 lead in the second and a 3-2 lead in the third. Each time, the Red Wings answered later in the period to tie it.
Not only couldn’t Roy deny a third Red Wings goal, he helped put it in the net.
On a power play, Nicklas Lidstrom’s slap shot from above the circles rebounded off the boards behind Roy. As Roy tried to kick the shot away, the puck bounced off his right blade and in with 6:35 to go.
Steve Yzerman was credited with his 100th career assist on the play while Roy just shook his head as the crowd taunted him with, ``Pa-trick! Pa-trick!″ chants.
Colorado’s Greg de Vries had put the Avalanche ahead 3-2 at 5:26 of the final period on a wrist shot that got past Hasek’s glove.
Alex Tanguay and Forsberg gave the Avalanche leads in the first and second periods, but Detroit’s Boyd Devereaux and Kirk Maltby each got the Red Wings even.
Lidstrom’s fluke goal came after a poor decision by Roy allowed the Red Wings to tie it 2-2 in the second period.
During a Colorado power play, Roy skated well beyond the circles to play the puck. Maltby took advantage of Roy being so far from his net by forcing the goalie to bite on a fake before getting beat with a backhander.
Roy stayed on his knees in disbelief as the crowd went wild.
Forsberg moved past Toronto’s Gary Roberts to take over the lead in the playoff point-scoring race with 23.
Notes: Detroit’s Chris Chelios played in his 200th playoff game. ... Before the Detroit Tigers played Cleveland at Comerica Park, a few miles from Joe Louis Arena, the winner of an octopus-throwing contest got to leave the baseball game to attend the hockey game.