Shanny's special goal overshadowed by rivalry

DENVER (AP) -- Over the previous eight games, Brendan Shanahan

had seven assists but, despite numerous scoring opportunities,

couldn't get the puck in the net.

On Saturday, he got the elusive goal, which proved to be a

special one.

Avs defenseman Pascal Trepanier got the worst of Saturday's fight, and received a five-minute penalty.
Avs defenseman Pascal Trepanier got the worst of Saturday's fight, and received a five-minute penalty.
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Shanahan scored his 500th career goal, breaking a scoreless tie

at 7:48 of the third period, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the

Colorado Avalanche 2-0 on Saturday.

Dominik Hasek had 31 saves in posting his 61st career shutout,

tops among active goalies.

Shanahan's power-play goal came on a 5-on-3 advantage after

Colorado's Alex Tanguay and Adam Foote had gone off on

holding-the-stick and slashing penalties, respectively.

Shanahan took Nicklas Lidstrom's pass and beat Patrick Roy from

the left circle.

"My first NHL goal was pretty exciting, and it's nice to get

the 500th," Shanahan said. "In my six years here, I don't know

how many goals Nick has given me like that.

"I'm glad it wasn't a cheap goal. Patrick Roy is one of the

best goaltenders to ever play, and I have a lot of respect for him.

"It was against a rival and it was the game-winner, and that

makes it a bit more meaningful."

Detroit's leading scorer this season, Shanahan recorded his 34th

goal of the season. The 500-goal milestone already has been reached

by 29 other players, including Detroit teammates Brett Hull, Steve

Yzerman and Luc Robitaille.

"I'm glad to get the milestone over with," Shanahan said.

"It's certainly an honor to be with those other guys."

Hull scored from the right circle later in the period.

Roy finished with 24 saves.

Colorado, which dropped its third straight game, has scored only

eight goals in its last six games, during which it has been shut

out three times.

"Obviously, we're not scoring goals," Avs captain Joe Sakic

said. "We need to turn things around if we want to make a run at

it (Stanley Cup), because we aren't going too far if we keep this


In one of the NHL's top rivalries pitting the league's two best

records, a fight erupted two minutes after Shanahan's goal. Roy

exchanged punches with Detroit's Kirk Maltby after Maltby had

fallen into the net. Hasek came down the ice and appeared to slip,

upending Roy from behind. Detroit's Sean Avery and Colorado's

Pascal Trepanier also traded blows.

The result was a Colorado power play, but the Avs couldn't


Five penalties resulted from the fight, including 2 minutes to

Roy for roughing and 2 minutes to Hasek for leaving the crease.

Roy was upset with Maltby, saying, "What I didn't like is he

tried to take my knee out. It was clear to me. Normally a guy will

hit me in front. I thought it was not an accident. I thought he

really meant to hurt me."

Hasek said he "saw Patrick fighting on the other side. My

responsibility is to get there and help my teammates. But I stepped

on a stick a couple of feet from Patrick and I slipped down."

Later in the period, Detroit defenseman Chris Chelios

cross-checked Colorado's Mike Keane five times in succession.

Chelios was assessed a pair of 2-minute cross-checking penalties, a

2-minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, a 10-minute misconduct

and a game misconduct.

Detroit coach Scotty Bowman had an animated discussion with the

officials as the game ended, complaining that Chelios' penalty was

a reaction to Keane's contact with Hasek in the crease.

"We're concerned about guys going into the net over the last

two or three weeks," Bowman said. "Keane went into him. Chelios

wanted to show the rest of the team you can't have the goalie have

unnecessary contact."

There was no scoring in the tightly played first two periods.

Detroit mounted an early flurry against Roy, who stopped Darren

McCarty on a breakaway and Shanahan on a 2-on-1.

Hasek stopped a shot by Foote, and the Avalanche were unable to

punch in a rebound in a scramble at the goal mouth.

Early in the second period, Hasek deflected Rob Blake's shot and

made a sprawling save on Tanguay's rebound attempt.

On the other end, Roy dived in the crease to rob Sergei Fedorov

from point-blank range.

Fedorov hit the goalpost in the final minute.

Game notes

Colorado forward Steven Reinprecht was scratched because of

a bruised foot, and forward Stephane Yelle missed his fifth

straight game with a bruised shoulder. ... Before the game, the

Avalanche recalled forward Vaclav Nedorost from Hershey. ...

Yzerman, on injured reserve with a knee injury, missed his 12th

straight game. ... Detroit won the season series 3-1.