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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Colorado Impresses as Playoffs Begin

DENVER -- The chase for the Stanley Cup is under way, and the Colorado Avalanche began its National Hockey League title defense in impressive fashion with a 6-0 rout of the Chicago Blackhawks.


The incomparable Patrick Roy made 22 saves for his ninth career playoff shutout and Peter Forsberg scored twice for Colorado as four best-of-seven Western Conference playoff series opened up Wednesday.


Roy, hockey's greatest big-game goaltender, extended his post-season scoreless streak to 213 minutes, 11 seconds in posting his 87th career playoff win, moving him within one of former Islander Billy Smith for the all-time lead.


Sandis Ozolinsh, Mike Ricci and Claude Lemieux each had a goal and an assist, and Adam Deadmarsh contributed three asssists for Colorado.


Chicago gave the Avalanche an unforgivable 12 chances with the man advantage, and Colorado cashed in three times as Ozolinsh, Forsberg and Lemieux scored powerplay goals.


Chicago goaltender Jeff Hackett made a phenomenal diving save of a Forsberg shot to preserve a scoreless tie early in the game. But he was victimized by four Avalanche goals later in the first period and was replaced by Chris Terreri after giving up Colorado's fifth goal at 16:14 of the second.


Mike Keane scored the first goal for Colorado at 5:54 of the first period, giving Roy all the offense he would need.


Blues 2, Red Wings 0. In Detroit, Grant Fuhr recorded his fourth career playoff shutout and Geoff Courtnall and Pierre Turgeon scored first-period goals as the St. Louis Blues blanked the Red Wings 2-0 to draw first blood in their opening-round series.


Fuhr made 30 saves, including 15 in the third period, for his 79th career playoff win, moving him within one of the great Ken Dryden for third place on the NHL all-time list.


Brett Hull assisted on both St. Louis goals. On the first goal, 12:44 into the contest, Hull centered the puck through a maze of players to Courtnall, who chipped a shot from the top of the crease over goaltender Mike Vernon.


Turgeon made it 2-0 in the final minute of the period on one of the Blues' nine power plays, deflecting Al MacInnis's slapshot past Vernon.


Detroit went 0-for-8 on its own power play.


(For other results, see Scorecard.)