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Patrick Roy is now one up on Terry Sawchuk and only three behind Jacques Plante.

With a 5-3 victory over Philadelphia on Thursday night, the Colorado goaltender moved past Sawchuk into second place on the all-time victory list with his 502nd, counting regular season and playoffs.

"It's something that I am very happy about but I don't want to talk about it all the time," said Roy, who now stands second only to Plante's 505 total victories.

"Patrick came up with some big saves," said Colorado coach Bob Hartley. "Philadelphia was hungry on the puck and there were some early power plays but Patrick came up big for us."

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  • Joe Sakic and Adam Deadmarsh capitalized on Philadelphia giveaways to score goals 16 seconds apart in the second period as Colorado extended the Flyers' winless streak to nine games (0-6-3). It's their longest since the 1989-90 season when they went 0-7-3.

    "This was an outstanding road trip for us," added Roy about the Avalanche's 4-1-0 record away from home that was marred only by a 2-1 loss at Tampa Bay.

    Chris Drury had two goals and Sandis Ozolinsh also scored for the Northwestern Division-leading Avalanche, who recorded their third straight win.

    Philadelphia's Eric Lindros had his 38th goal, alonwith an assist, to tie for the NHL goal-scoring lead with injured teammate John LeClair. LeClair sat out with a hip injury and had his 317-game consecutive streak snapped.

    Mark Recchi also scored for Philadelphia in his first game since rejoining his old team following a trade with Montreal for Dainius Zubrus on Wednesday. Daymond Langkow scored the Flyers' other goal.

    "It sounds simple but we have to start from square one again," Lindros' said. "Tired shouldn't be an excuse. We have to start to execute out there."

    Sakic broke a 1-1 tie with a backhander high over Philadelphia goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck at 3:50 of the second period following a turnover by Lindros in the neutral zone. Deadmarsh followed with an unassisted goal at 4:06 after Valeri Zelepukin coughed the puck up in front of the net.

    Recchi, who previously played for the Flyers from 1992 to 1995, brought Philadelphia within 3-2 at 10:18 of the second period by shoveling a deflection from Daniel McGillis past Roy.

    Drury tapped in a rebound from left of the crease to give Colorado a 4-2 lead at 13:48 of the second period. He later scored from the left circle at 13:24 of the third after Langkow's shot from the crease at 5:07 had cut the Avalanche lead to 4-3.

    Ozolinsh gave the Avalanche a 1-0 lead 3:39 into the game when he swatted the puck off the left skate of Philadelphia defenseman Karl Dykhuis into the net.

    "Ozolinsh adds a lot to that club," said Vanbiesbrouck, who is winless in his last eight starts (0-5-3). "He's always up on the play. He's a gambler but he makes you pay sometimes. He scored a big first goal for them."

    Lindros tied it 1-1 with his 38th goal on the power-play 1:47 later, backhanding his own rebound into the net following a breakaway.

    Colorado's Peter Forsberg, who had missed the two previous games with a hyper-extended elbow, picked up three assists and now has 302 for his NHL career.

    "Peter is Peter," said Hartley. "There are not many more things to say about Forsberg. He is consistent."

    LeClair, who suffered a left hip flexor during the 2-2 tie at the New York Islanders on Tuesday, had a consecutive playing streak second only to teammate Rod Brind'Amour, who now has appeared in a league-leading 468 games.

    Colorado has the best road record (21-11-4) in the Western Conference and is tied with New Jersey for the best away-from-home mark in the NHL.

    It was the 900th game for Philadelphia coach Roger Neilson, who has compiled a 407-349-144 record over 14 seasons with seven NHL teams.

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