Avalanche pull even with OT win

Tuesday, May 21, 2002

DETROIT -- Chris Drury and Patrick Roy did it again.

Drury scored his 10th career game-winning goal in the playoffs at 2:17 of overtime Monday night as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 to even the Western Conference finals.

Steven Reinprecht got a rebound of Peter Forsberg's shot and set up Drury to tie the best-of-seven series 1-1.

"I'm pretty lucky to be next to this guy," said Drury, motioning to Forsberg. "I don't think they were watching me, they were watching him."

Forsberg had a goal and three assists for the Avalanche, and Roy made 30 saves to improve to 10-0 following a playoff loss in which Colorado allows at least five goals.

Roy shrugged off his comeback ability.

"I see it more as a team stat," he said.

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.

Drury's game-winners in the playoffs trail only Joe Sakic's 14 in franchise history.

"Chris Drury is one of the best money players we can have on our team," Colorado coach Bob Hartley said.

Detroit has gotten a lot of production out of its gritty grinders, such as Darren McCarty, who scored three goals in Game 1, and Kirk Maltby, who ended a 31-game playoff goal-less streak, by tying the game at 2 in the second period.

But Red Wings stars such as Brendan Shanahan and Sergei Fedorov have struggled to make an impact in the series.

"Our big guys have got to get going," Detroit coach Scotty Bowman said. "It's a tight series and you know, there is not much room out there."

Game 3 is Wednesday night in Denver.

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