Avalanche 3, Thrashers 2, OT
Oct. 24, 1999
ATLANTA (AP) _ Joe Sakic scored 40 seconds into overtime, giving the Colorado Avalanche a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday night.
The Avalanche's scoring leader with 12 points, Sakic slipped the puck past goaltender Damian Rhodes to register a point for the ninth time in Colorado's 10 games.
Sakic, who took a game-high nine shots, was assisted by Milan Hejduk and Sandis Ozolinsh on the winner. He was still sporting a black eye after taking a puck to the face in Colorado's 4-1 loss at Ottawa on Thursday.
The Avalanche, seeking their sixth straight division title, won for the fourth time in their last five games.
Atlanta, 0-1-1 following a franchise-first win at the New York Islanders on Oct. 14, is still seeking its first home win. The Thrashers, 0-3-1 at Philips Arena, finished 1-for-6 on power plays.
Down 2-1 following a scoreless second period, Colorado's Claude Lemieux tied the game at 10:30 of the third on assists by Greg De Vries and Hejduk.
Rhodes made 24 saves, including 13 in the second period.
Colorado goalie Patrick Roy won his 417th game, but had to make only 14 saves. Atlanta did not take a shot in overtime.
Adam Deadmarsh's first goal put the Avalanche ahead in the first period. Atlanta now has allowed the opponent to score first in five of its seven games.
Ray Ferraro answered with his first goal, slapping the puck past Roy. Atlanta took a 2-1 lead 18:53 into the first when rookie Petr Buzek extended his scoring streak to five games with a power-play goal on an assist from Brunette, who got his team-leading eighth point.
Buzek has four of his five points on the power play.