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June 07, 2001
Devils 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 White's stick.
    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 talk.
    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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