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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Classic Patrick Roy

In celebration of Patrick Roy recording his NHL record 448th victory, ESPN Classic will present the Oct. 17 Colorado Avalanche-Washington Capitals game as an "Instant Classic," on Sat. Oct. 21 at 9 p.m. ET, as part of a four-hour special.

"Classic Patrick Roy," hosted by John Saunders, is a special tribute reviewing some of the greatest career victories of Roy, the Avalanche goalie who set the all-time win record with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Capitals on Tuesday, in a game seen live on ESPN2 with Gary Thorne and Bill Clement.

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Colorado Avalanche goalie Patrick Roy deflects a shot in the first period against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000, in Washington.
In his first attempt, Roy snapped a tie with Terry Sawchuk, who held the mark -- once considered unbreakable -- since 1970. Sawchuk earned his 447th victory in his 968th game while Roy won No. 448 in his 847th game.

Roy finished the contest with 27 saves. He made his biggest save with four seconds left, stopping Jan Bulis' shot from right in front -- admitting later that he never saw it. Midway through overtime, Peter Forsberg redirected Ray Bourque's slap shot past Washington goalie Olaf Kolzig 2:27 into overtime. Standing just in front of the right post, Forsberg pushed the puck into the net, starting the wild celebration.

"I was honest when I said I wanted to enjoy it and didn't feel any pressure," Roy said. "To be honest with you, I was hoping that we would win this game. I had a lot of friends here, so I was hoping to win it as soon as possible."

Roy raced out of the net immediately after the winning goal and jumped up and down several times while waving his arms in joy. He was mobbed by his teammates at the blue line in front of the Colorado bench. Teammates hugged and congratulated him, and some even carried Roy around the ice.

There also was a postgame ceremony where Roy helped cut the net away from the last goal he defended.
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Colorado Avalanche goalie Patrick Roy, center, is carried by teammate Ray Bourque (77) and others after the Avalanche beat the Caps 4-3 in overtime Tuesday night in Washington. Roy broke the NHL record for career victories with his 448th win.
The net will be taken to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

"It's definitely a great night for hockey," Colorado coach Bob Hartley said. "We couldn't write a better script than we did tonight. There was no doubt in my mind that we were going for the win in overtime. That was the greatest setup we could imagine, and we had to make sure Patrick would get the credit."

The 35-year-old Roy has won the Vezina Trophy three times and been a member of three Stanley Cup champions. His 14 seasons of winning at least 20 games is also a record.

Also at the ceremony was NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, who came onto the ice with Roy.

"Patrick Roy's passion to play is surpassed only by his passion to win," Bettman said. "The remarkable achievement is a testimony to his consistency, his durability, his pride, his skill and, perhaps most of all, his nightly determination to meet the highest standards of goaltending excellence -- his own."

ESPN Classic will relive some of Roy's career highlights and replay Tuesday's game in its entirety this weekend.

Saturday, Oct. 21 - Instant Classic - Patrick Roy

  • 7 p.m. - Classic Patrick Roy
    ESPN Classic takes a look at some of Avalanche goaltender Patrick Roy's greatest victories.

  • 9 p.m. - NHL Saturday Night
    Oct. 17, 2000
    Colorado Avalanche at Washington Capitals

    Patrick Roy makes 27 saves and Peter Forsberg tips in Ray Bourque's slap shot at 2:27 of OT to lead the Avalanche to a 4-3 win. Roy sets the NHL record for career victories with No. 448.

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