Devils get 2-1 win, get even with Avs

Stevenson breaks tie

Brodeur bests Roy



DENVER - Larry Robinson was grilled over the past two days about potential line changes and whether or not it would benefit his New Jersey Devils if he shortened his bench and threw his stars on the ice a little more often.

Robinson said he was a true believer in rolling four lines and that in the long run, playing his full lineup would benefit his team most.

They'll be no second-guessing now, not when a couple unpredictable defensive-minded heroes emerged for New Jersey during a 2-1 victory over Colorado in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals last night at the Pepsi Center.

Third-liner Bob Corkum, in the lineup only because Randy McKay broke his hand in Game 1, and fourth-liner Turner Stevenson each scored their first goals of the playoffs to lift the Devils, who evened the best-of-seven series at one game apiece. The series heads to New Jersey for Game 3 tomorrow.

"When you dream sometimes, happy dreams, you think about scoring a goal," said Corkum. "The opportunity presented itself tonight. That's what the playoffs are about sometimes. Guys step up."

Often, unlikely candidates, and it was certainly a huge win for New Jersey. Only three teams since 1939 that have trailed 2-0 have rebounded to win the Stanley Cup. Despite the Avalanche winning the ever-important Game 1, history is now on New Jersey's side. Teams winning Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals have gone on to win the championship in 25 of the past 29 seasons.

It was Colorado's first loss when scoring first this postseason (10-1) as Patrick Roy also saw his nine-game Stanley Cup Finals winning streak broken.

"We played catch-up hockey tonight," Avs coach Bob Hartley said. "And that's when they're at their best."

With the Devils trailing 1-0 after Joe Sakic's league-leading 12th goal at 5:58 against Martin Brodeur, Corkum came to the rescue.

Corkum grabbed a puck near center ice as Patrik Elias' retaliatory slashing penalty on Chris Dingman was expiring. With defenseman Martin Skoula trying to hang on, Corkum broke free for a breakaway.

From about 20 feet in front of Roy, Corkum let off a shot that flew between Roy's legs to tie the game at 1-1 one second after New Jersey's penalty-kill ended. The goal ended Roy's Stanley Cup Finals shutout streak at 227 minutes, 41 seconds, dating back to Game 3 of the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals.

"They dumped it hard around the boards and it got by the first forechecker," Corkum said. "It got by the first defenseman. I got the shot off quick through his five-hole. Thank God it went in."

Brodeur (19 saves) came up big in the end, making several big saves, especially on Dan Hinote, Alex Tanguay and Sakic.

Avs defenseman Ray Bourque said, "We let one slip away."

New Jersey 2 0 0 - 2

Colorado 1 0 0 - 1

First period - 1, Colorado, Sakic 12 (Hejduk, Blake), 5:58 (pp). 2, New Jersey, Corkum 1 (Rafalski), 14:29. 3, New Jersey, Stevenson 1 (Niedermayer, Mogilny), 17:20. Penalties - Niedermayer, NJ (cross-checking), 1:43; Brylin, NJ (interference), 4:43; Elias, NJ (slashing), 12:28; Messier, Col (roughing), 14:46; Foote, Col (holding stick), 15:15; Holik, NJ (slashing), 19:39.

Second period - None. Penalties - de Vries, Col (interference), 9:11; Madden, NJ (unsportsmanlike conduct), 9:11; Skoula, Col (holding), 14:47.

Third period - None. Penalties - Daneyko, NJ (cross-checking), 1:28; White, NJ (roughing), 2:58; Nieminen, Col (roughing), 2:58; Mogilny, NJ (high-sticking), 4:28.

Shots on goal - New Jersey 12-6-2-20. Colorado 8-4-8-20. Power-play opportunities - New Jersey 0 of 3; Colorado 1 of 6. Goalies - New Jersey, Brodeur 13-7 (20 shots-19 saves). Colorado, Roy 13-5 (20-18). A - 18,007 (18,007).

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