Hasek, Sabres Shut Down Avalanche

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Dominik Hasek, who has won both the Hart and Vezina trophies for two consecutive years, showed the Colorado Avalanche his prize-winning form Monday night.


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  • he was into the game and it was something we really wanted to see," Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said after a 3-0 victory over the Avalanche. "He took a penalty, got out of net a few times which scared the heck out of me. I've seen that when he gets involved, he gets better."

    Hasek stopped 32 shots for his 34th career shutout.

    "I was emotionally into the game, but I think the whole team was into the game," Hasek said. "When I saw my teammates play as hard as they did, it got me more into the game."

    Jason Woolley and Michael Peca scored power-play goals to help the Sabres avoid losing consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 27-29. Buffalo opened the season Saturday night with a 4-1 loss in Dallas.

    Hasek, winner of consecutive Hart and Vezina trophies as the league's MVP and top goaltender, made a diving save against Joe Sakic late in the game to preserve the shutout.

    "He made some great saves on me," Colorado forward Claude Lemieux said.

    Buffalo survived seven shorthanded situations after allowing three power-play goals in its season-opening loss.

    Woolley opened the scoring with 2:08 left in the first period, Peca made it 2-0 at 3:29 of the second, and Alexei Zhitnik clinched it at 6:05 of the third.

    "Matthew Barnaby made a great play to take out two players," Woolley said. "I was floating in the slot, Brown hammered it and the puck came right out to me."

    Woolley scored off a rebound after Roy stopped Curtis Brown's sot. The Sabres had the added advantage of a sixth skater when Hasek was pulled on a delayed slashing penalty call on Peter Forsberg.

    Roy, knocked down by a right elbow thrown by Barnaby a minute before Woolley's goal, turned away a breakaway attempt by Barnaby and Peca.

    Peca beat Roy with a slap shot from the slot early in the second period with Buffalo skating with a two-man advantage. Referee Rob Shick called 64 minutes in penalties in the period.

    Zhitnik bounced a wrist shot over Roy's pads in the third.

    "I felt frustration on a couple of sequences in the first period that led to our players getting frustrated," Colorado coach Bob Hartley said. "We have to learn to deal with that, play with emotion, but we can not lose our composure."

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