Kings force decider on Avalanche


LOS ANGELES, Reuters

The Los Angeles Kings forced a decisive seventh game in their Western Conference semifinal series with a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.

Glen Murray scored 201 into double overtime to end a goaltending duel between Patrick Roy and Felix Potvin on the game’s 65th shot.

After settling a pass from Nelson Emerson at the Colorado blue line, Murray moved in a couple of strides and unleashed a shot from above the right faceoff circle.

After the puck dipped, Roy partially blocked it with his right pad but could not stop it from entering the cage as the Staples Center erupted. -“They always say shoot a rolling puck,” said Murray, who has four goals in this series after he was kept scoreless in the first round against Detroit.

Written off after losing Games Three and Four at home, Los Angeles rallied behind Felix Potvin, who has shut out the top-seeded Avalanche for 164 minutes, 28 seconds.

He made 33 saves on Sunday night for his seventh career playoff shutout. On Wednesday, he will lead them into their first seventh game since they defeated Toronto in the 1993 Campbell Conference finals.

Colorado has lost a seventh game in each of the last three years, getting eliminated by Dallas in the Western Conference finals in 1999 and 2000 and by Edmonton in the first round in 1998.

Hart Trophy favorite Joe Sakic returned for the Avalanche after missing most of the previous three games with a right shoulder injury.

But he could not help Colorado end its scoring drought and appeared to aggravate the injury on a couple of hard hits in the first overtime.