DENVER (AP) _ With the goaltending clinic staged by youngsters Rick DiPietro
and Philippe Sauve, it was appropriate the New York Islanders and Colorado
Avalanche played a 1-1 tie Tuesday night.
New York's DiPietro finished with 36 saves, and Sauve had 35.
``There's no question we came out of here with a tie because of Rick,''
Islanders coach Steve Stirling said. ``That's as good as I've seen him.
``He made some great saves when we needed them, but the other guy made some
pretty good saves, too. Both goalies played really well and gave their team a
In overtime, Sauve made two acrobatic saves off Trent Hunter, while DiPietro
made a sprawling save off Steve Konowalchuk.
``It was a pretty lucky save,'' DiPietro said. ``He surprised me. He came
around and I threw a pretty good poke check at him, and he had enough patience
to toe drag and pull around me. I was just throwing everything I had there to
make a save, and fortunately for me I got my pad on it.''
DiPietro, 22, called it ``probably one of the top games I've ever played. We
went toe-to-toe with a pretty good hockey club.''
Sauve, 23, was most valuable player of the YoungStars game during NHL
All-Star weekend, and his performance carried over to Tuesday night.
``Phil made some big saves,'' Avalanche coach Tony Granato said.
``I felt good out there,'' Sauve said. ``It's fun to get in some good action
like that. It was a good game, but it's not good enough. We can't afford to get
just one point from that team.''
Colorado's Paul Kariya and New York's Mariusz Czerkawski had the lone goals,
both in the second period.
New York had a 5-1 edge in shots in the extra session, but Sauve stood firm.
He dived to the ice to rob Hunter early in the period, then later made a glove
save off Hunter.
DiPietro stopped Joe Sakic twice in the last two minutes of regulation.
Colorado was without All-Star defenseman Rob Blake, sidelined indefinitely
with a hairline fracture in his lower left leg. Forward Travis Brigley bruised
his shoulder late in the first period and didn't return.
Colorado outshot the Islanders 10-8 in a scoreless first period. The
Avalanche had a 5-on-3 advantage for 26 seconds, but couldn't get a shot on
In the second period, Kariya got his first goal in 12 games, poking in the
puck from the crease after Sakic's shot from the point trickled past DePietro.
The net came loose, and referee Jay Sharrers had to consult video replay before
ruling it a goal.
Less than two minutes later, the Islanders countered on a power play.
Czerkawski's shot from right of the goal bounced off Sauve's body into the net.
The Islanders squandered two other scoring chances in the period. Dave
Scatchard missed an open net. Later, Avs defenseman Martin Skoula turned the
puck over in the Islanders' end, but Cliff Ronning hit the post.
DiPietro had the two best saves of the third period, stopping Milan Hejduk
and later smothering a deflection by Derek Morris.