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1999 Playoffs


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Patrick Roy recorded his 12th career playoff shutout, and Peter Forsberg had a goal and an assist as the Colorado Avalanche beat Detroit Red Wings 3-0 on Sunday to take a three games to two lead in the Western Conference semifinal series.

"We tried to keep it as simple as possible and think defense," Roy said. "If we do that, we know that with the offense we have, we always have a chance."

The Avalanche has turned the series around after losing the first two games at home. Colorado has won the last three games and clinch the series in Game 6 Tuesday night in Detroit.

"We wanted to do the same things that we did in Detroit," said Colorado right wing Theo Fleury. "The first goal was huge in this game, and we needed that to get us going."

Jeff Odgers, who had just one goal in 38 career playoff games, started scoring at 11:06 into the first period. Adam Deadmarsh and Forsberg also scored for Colorado.

"The first goal is pretty huge in this series so far," Odgers said. "When your goaltender is playing as well as Patty, it gives everyone else confidence. We did a great job of keeping going after the goal and building on it."

The Red Wings were 0-for-6 on the power play, falling to 2-for-17 in the last three games after going 4-for-15 in the first two.

"We're not dead yet," said Red Wings right wing Martin Lapointe. "Obviously, our back's against the wall. We've done it before, we just have to play with more desperation."

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