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Avalanche 1, Canadiens 1

December 30, 1997

DENVER (AP) _ Patrick Roy stopped 31 shots as the Colorado Avalanche tied the Montreal Canadiens 1-1 Monday night for their 12th stalemate of the season.

The Avalanche pulled even with the New York Rangers for most ties in the league. Both teams are in position to break the all-time record of 24 in season, held by the 1969-70 Philadelphia Flyers.

Jocelyn Thibault stopped 25 shots for the Avalanche.

The Canadiens hadn’t won a road game in Denver or Quebec since Jan. 5, 1994, and are 5-0-3 against Pacific Division teams.

Mark Recchi, who played in his league-leading 502nd consecutive game, scored his 18th goal of the season for Montreal. Sandis Ozolinsh scored for the Avalanche, his 14th point in his last 15 games.

Thibault came to Montreal on Dec. 6, 1995 along with Martin Rucinsky and Andrei Kovalenko for Roy and Mike Keane.

Both goalies made big saves in the third period. Roy robbed Brian Savage on a breakaway while Thibault stopped Claude Lemieux on a two-on-one and Ozolinsh through a screen.

The Canadiens got a break when Eric Messier was sent off at 1:32 of overtime for high-sticking Marc Bureau, but never got a shot on goal. The Canadiens outshot the Avalanche 4-0 in overtime.

Play picked up in the second period with Recchi giving the Canadiens a 1-0 lead at 15:07, beating Roy on the glove side.

The Avalanche used its power play to tie the game at 18:15. Thibault stopped Rene Corbet and Lemieux from point blank, but Ozolinsh sent the rebound back over Thibault’s stick.

Scoring chances were scarce in a scoreless first period. Montreal failed to convert the only power play of the period with Brian Savage missing a tip chance from in front of the crease.

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