Ray Bourque scored in the second period before setting up Chris Drury's game-winner with 3:51 remaining as the Colorado Avalanche forced a decisive seventh game in the NHL Western Conference finals with a 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars, Thursday at Denver.
The Avalanche, staving off elimination, tied the best-of-seven Western Conference finals at 3-3, with 21-year-old Bourque, who flung the puck toward the net from the left point. Drury, a former Little League Baseball World Series hero, jumped and bunted it past Stars goaltender Ed Belfour with the shaft of his stick to end a six-game scoring drought.
Six of Drury's 10 career playoff goals have been game-winners, including half of his four in this year's playoffs. Patrick Roy stopped 26 shots, including all 13 after Brett Hull's power-play goal lifted Dallas into a 1-1 tie in the second period.
The Stars will host Game Seven on Saturday night. With New Jersey and Philadelphia poised for a decisive game on Friday in the Eastern Conference, both Stanley Cup semi-finals will go seven games for the second time in NHL history and the first since 1964 - (Several Sources)
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