Avalanche 9, Canucks 2
Oct. 20, 1996
DENVER (AP) _ Joe Sakic and Scott Young scored two goals apiece as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Vancouver Canucks 9-2 Saturday night.
Valeri Kamenksy moved into 10th place ahead of Marian Stastny on the all-time franchise scoring list at 243 points with an assist and his 100th career goal. Young's two goals gave him 100 for his career.
Pavel Bure and Mike Sillinger spoiled Patrick Roy's bid for his 33rd career shutout with goals in the final 2:17 for Vancouver. Roy stopped 23 of 25 shots.
Kirk McLean was pounded for four goals in the second period and five in the third. McLean stopped 23 of 32 shots.
The teams played to a scoreless first period that featured tight checking and a few tough saves by Roy and McLean, who played his 450th game as a Canuck. Roy denied Vancouver its best chance with a glove save on Mike Ridley after Ridley had stolen an errant pass by Sandis Ozolinsh.
Colorado was unable to convert on the period's only two power plays. McLean made a sprawling save of a shot by Kamensky from point blank on one Avalanche power play.
Young ended the scoreless tie 1:53 into the second period with a 35-foot slap shot that broke McLean's stick.
Sylvain Lefebvre beat McLean from just inside the blue line at 10:25. Aaron Miller and Sakic scored 1:01 apart and Roy made two saves on deflections as Colorado took a 4-0 lead into the second intermission.
Colorado made it 5-0 with a two-on-one breakaway by Mike Keane at 7:05 of the third period. Alexei Gusarov, Sakic and Kamensky scored 2:01 minutes apart and Young scored his second of the night and fifth of the season at 12:23 to give the Avalanche a 9-0 lead.