Patrick Roy backstopped a thoroughly dominant effort by the Colorado Avalanche, who grabbed a two-games to one lead in the Western Conference finals with a 2-0 blanking of the Dallas Stars on Friday.
Roy matched the shutout mark set by Clint Benedict of Ottawa and the Montreal Maroons in the 1920s, and extended his league record for playoff victories to 120.
Roy, whose 21 saves included a stop on Brett Hull on a breakaway early in the third period, also beat Dallas 2-0 in the first game of the series.
Afterwards, he downplayed his rivalry with Stars goaltender Ed Belfour.
"I don't try to motivate myself with that," Roy said. "I have my objectives. Like I said before, I'd like to see Dave (Andreychuk) and Ray (Bourque) get a Stanley Cup with us. That's my objective."
Colorado drew 10 power plays, converting one, compared to only three by the defending Stanley Cup champions.
"We can't be happy with the way we played. It was so many different things," said Dallas left wing Kirk Muller. "We were off-key and we were always fighting in our own end. Even when you kill them all, you lose a guy and the others have to cover.
Give them credit, they changed some things that we will have to review."
Rookie defenseman Martin Skoula set up both goals for his first two career playoff points. The Avalanche also got a boost from the return of Bourque, a five-time Norris Trophy winner who missed four games with a knee injury.
Game 4 is Sunday in Denver, where the Avalanche are 7-0 in the playoffs - (Several Sources)
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