June 07, 2001Devils Break My Heart, Crushed by Avs 4-0
The New Jersey Devils lost game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals
to the Colorado Avalanche by a score of 4-0 on Thursday, May 7, 2001.
The Stanley Cup was in the house. The Devils having their second
chance in two years to win the Stanley Cup on their home ice, in front of
their home fans.
Last year though, it was a better game. An exciting,
nail-biting game. The Devils faced the Dallas Stars in an epic
goaltender battle. Both Ed Belfour and Marty Brodeur were sharp,
shutting down their opponents team through regulation. The 1999
Stanley Cup Finals went to triple overtime scoreless, before Dallas
crushed the tired New Jersey fans hopes of seeing the Stanley Cup that
night. The Devils did go on to win the Cup in Dallas.
In this effort though, the game was heavily lopsided.
It did not start out that way - the Devils showed great effor in the first
period. They seemed to fall apart however, after a disallowed goal
- apparently because it was kicked in. Referee Bill McCreary hurt
the Devils at 13:05 by blowing the whistle while the puck was still loose.
The Devils were on the power-play and had a good chance to score
the first goal of the game. Such was fate on a night were none of
the calls seemed to go their way.
With only 1:58 remaining in the first period, Adam Foote
beat Martin Brodeur with an unassisted slap shot.
After one period, Colorado led the game, 1-0, even though
they were outshot 12-5.
With 3 seconds remaining on a roughing minor penalty to
Bobby Holik, Ville Nieminen tipped in a shot passed Brodeur. Chris
Drury beat Marty at 18:27 with a wrist shot that deflected off Colin
The Avalanche led 3-0 after two periods. Shots were
even at 7 apiece in the period.
Alex Tanguay put a wrist shot passed Martin Brodeur at 13:46
in the third period, to seal the game.
Colorado won the game, shutting out the Devils with a final
score of 4-0. The Devils outshot the Avs 24-18 in the game.
The Avs needed only one goal, however they scored four.
They were able to shut down every chance the Devils would have.
Patrick Roy came up with all the big saves. Martin Brodeur looked
shaky - stopping only 14 of 18 shots. His critics will surely
Scott Stevens played only 3:41 in the third period.
Bobby Holik was on the ice for a mere 2:49 in the third period.
Patrick Roy got his 19th career playoff shutout. It
was his fourth of these playoffs and second in this series.
In the closing minutes of the game there were several fights,
Ken Daneyko fought with Chris Dingman.
Jason Arnott returned to the lineup, taking McKenzie out.
Sean O'Donnell was scratched again, putting Ken Sutton back in.
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