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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Avalanche Whips Whalers, Tops 100

COMBINED REPORTS


HARTFORD, Connecticut -- Patrick Roy faced 46 shots and stopped them all as the Colorado Avalanche blanked the Hartford Whalers 4-0 to become the first team in the National Hockey League to crack 100 points.


Peter Forsberg and Valeri Kamensky each notched goal No. 23 on Tuesday as Colorado improved to 46-19-9 for a league-leading 101 points.


Roy picked up his league-best 36th victory and his 37th career shutout.


Roy was especially sharp in the first period, when he was tested 23 times, while the Avalanche scored twice on just eight shots on goal.


"They came out and played with a great deal of urgency," Colorado coach Marc Crawford said of Hartford's first-period effort. "Patrick was just magnificent. That was the most chances we have ever given up in a period."


Mike Ricci beat Sean Burke at 11:52 of the first period, and Kamensky's power-play goal with 67 seconds left in the period doubled the Colorado lead.


Adam Foote made it 3-0 early in the middle period, and the supremely talented Forsberg completed the scoring with an unassisted short-handed tally at 11:40 of the third.


After the game, it was confirmed that the Whalers had rejected the state's latest offer to build a new arena for the team. According to sources, the Whalers will be leaving after this season.


Capitals 3, Blues 2. At Washington, defenseman Sergei Gonchar scored the tying and winning goals to lead the Capitals to a 3-2 victory over the St Louis Blues.


Gonchar knotted the game on an unassisted power-play tally with 1:42 left in the second period. At 6:29 of the third, he poked his own rebound past goaltender Grant Fuhr for the game-winner.


Brendan Witt also scored for Washington after Chris Pronger and Pierre Turgeon had given the Blues a 2-0 first-period lead.


Flyers 4, Devils 3. At New Jersey, Vaclav Prospal and Mikael Renberg scored 84 seconds apart late in the third period as the Philadelphia Flyers edged the Devils 4-3 in a battle of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.


Renberg's 21st goal with 3:24 left gave the Flyers a two-goal cushion, which proved crucial when Steve Thomas scored for the Devils.


Pat Faloon scored for the second successive game, and John LeClair picked up his league-leading 48th goal in the first period as the Flyers opened a four-point lead over New Jersey atop the Eastern Conference.


For the second straight game, Philadelphia won without star center Eric Lindros, who is nursing a bruised right calf.


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(For other results, see Scorecard.)