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Bourque Might Be Ready for Stars

May 8, 2000

DENVER (AP) _ Colorado Avalanche defenseman Ray Bourque sat out of practice Monday with a sore knee but could be ready for the Western Conference finals.

``I’ll work hard and keep doing the things that we have been doing, taking treatments and skating,″ the 21-year veteran said.

The Avalanche play the Dallas Stars in the conference finals later this week. A date has not been set for Game 1.

Bourque strained ligaments in his left knee in the second period of a 3-1 semifinals loss to the Detroit Red Wings on May 1. He missed Games 4 and 5, which Colorado won to advance to the conference finals.

Bourque received treatment Monday while his teammates practiced, then skated by himself for 40 minutes at Colorado’s training facility.

It was the second time in four days that Bourque skated.

``I felt pretty good,″ Bourque said. ``I was really happy with how it went Friday, took the weekend off in terms of ice, had treatment, worked out and worked out again today and will skate every day this week.″

Bourque, who made his NHL debut in 1979, played his entire career with the Boston Bruins until a March 6 trade sent him to the Avalanche in an attempt to get him his first Stanley Cup championship.

Bourque has 36 goals and 131 assists in 188 playoff games. He has a goal and nine assists in 12 playoff games this year.

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