Roy Sets RecordArchived from 2000-01 season.
Patrick Roy set an NHL record with 418 career wins as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 on Peter Forsberg's overtime goal.
"I was very excited when I saw the puck go in," Roy said. "Today is a big day for me and I'm happy to share it with my teammates."
Roy broke a tie with Terry Sawchuk, who held the record since 1970. Sawchuk earned his 447th victory in his 968th game while Roy won No. 448 in his 847th game.
"This holds a special place because it doesn't take one good year, it takes many years," Roy said. "When I started, I wanted to be consistent throughout my career. ... I was just dreaming of playing in the NHL when I was drafted by Montreal. Then when you're in the NHL, you just dream of surviving. For me, it was just surviving. It's been a great ride."
Roy tied Sawchuk on Saturday with his 447th win since his debut with the Montreal Canadiens on Feb. 23, 1985.
"I'm just a little boy from Quebec, and here I am today in that position," Roy said. "It's a long way."
"I felt really nostalgic," he said. "You certainly love to go back and remember the good and the bad moments and all the people that have been very supportive. ... My dad said, it takes 447 games to reach this player and it takes only one to pass."
Colorado remains unbeaten (3-0-2) and Roy's record hunt has everybody energized as well as the desire to win the Cup for defenseman Ray Bourque.
"I just love the way things are going right now for myself and the team," Roy said. "I think everybody on this club is really enjoying every moment. We're all on a mission this year. We have a guy on this team that really deserves to win the Stanley Cup and we have a second chance."
Roy has now caught up with Sawchuk and gets to set the new standard for future goalies to chase.
"He's a winner," forward Peter Forsberg said. "I'm sure he's going to get a few more wins. He's not done yet."
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