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Avs' Roy blanks Ducks 2-0 for 39th career shutout

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rene Corbet snapped a scoreless tie with 5:58 left in the third period and Patrick Roy earned his 39th career shutout as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Anaheim Mighty Ducks 2-0 Wednesday night.

Anaheim, which has never had a 0-0 tie, looked to be headed for overtime when Corbet scored his 12th goal of the season and fourth in three games after missing the previous three because of an injured wrist.

Corbet got a pass in the right circle from rookie Eric Messier and beat Hebert with a low wrist shot from 20 feet than snuck in under the goalie's right leg. The goal came during a power play, with David Karpa serving a tripping penalty.

Peter Forsberg added his 17th goal and league-leading 57th point with 1:06 to play. Anaheim's J.J. Daigneault was skating toward his own blue line as Guy Hebert - who made 31 saves - was making his way to the bench in favor of an extra attacker.

But Daigneault's pass inadvertently struck the blade of Hebert's stick and caromed to Jari Kurri. Kurri then quickly fed the puck to Forsberg, who easily put it past defenseman David Karpa.

The Ducks came close to scoring in the first period after Roy tried to pass the puck to Sandis Ozolinsh, who overskated it just inside his own blue line. Teemu Selanne, who leads the NHL with 33 goals, bore down on Roy and fired wide to the far side with a wrist shot from about 25 feet.

Roy finished with 27 saves.

Anaheim had two more excellent chances about 3 1-2 minutes apart early in the third period. On the first one, Joe Sacco was set up perfectly in front by Paul Kariya before shooting wide. Then Roy stopped Bob Wren and Ted Drury from point-blank range just seconds apart.

Despite a few end-to-end rushes by both teams, the game slowed to a crawl as referee Dave Jackson called five minor penalties within a 5:32 span. The flurry of infractions negated two potential power plays by the Ducks and one by the Avalanche.

Anaheim's Jason Marshall earned a game misconduct at 7:25 of the second period, plus an automatic two-game suspension for instigating a fight for the third time within the past 12 months.

The Ducks were killing off a roughing penalty against Karpa when Marshall camped himself in front of the Avalanche net. Colorado's Claude Lemieux high-sticked the third-year defenseman and then dropped him with a sucker punch. Marshall bounced up after the whistle and went right after Lemieux.

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