DENVER (AP) -- For the second time in three games, Patrick Roy blanked the Dallas Stars. Not bad for a player who insists he isn't a shutout goalie.
Roy tied an NHL record with his 15th career playoff shutout as the Colorado Avalanche beat the Stars 2-0 Friday night.
Shjon Podein and Adam Deadmarsh scored goals and rookie Martin Skoula had two assists as Colorado took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals. Game 4 is Sunday in Denver, where the Avalanche are 7-0 in the playoffs.
Roy matched the shutout mark set by Clint Benedict of Ottawa and the Montreal Maroons in the 1920s, and extended his league record for playoff victories to 120.
Roy, whose 21 saves included a stop on Brett Hull on a breakaway early in the third period, also beat Dallas 2-0 in the first game of the series.
''I've never really been a shutout goaltender, but maybe I could have that habit now,'' Roy said.
''It's fun the way the guys are playing in front of me. Tonight, they were very sharp, and our penalty-killing was a big key. Killing those two penalties right off the start gave us momentum.''
Roy maintained he wasn't aware of his lofty playoff shutout status ''until I saw I was tied with Jacques Plante (for second place). What's more important is to see the team play the way it is right now.''
The Avalanche played without injured defenseman Adam Foote (eye), but defenseman Ray Bourque returned to the lineup after missing four games with a knee injury.
''I didn't have any problems at all moving around and felt very comfortable,'' said Bourque, who played 35 minutes. ''This was a humongous win. Patrick was unbelievable. Really, all four lines played a super game.''
Dallas allowed 40 shots, its most in 13 games this postseason. Ed Belfour had 38 saves.
Colorado had 10 power plays compared to Dallas' three.
Dallas' top four scorers in the playoffs -- Hull, Mike Modano, Joe Nieuwendyk and Jamie Langenbrunner -- failed to get off any shots in the first two periods. Modano, who scored two goals in Dallas' 3-2 win in Game 2 and holds the Stars' career playoff goal record, didn't get a shot the entire game.
''I thought we were beat in pretty much every area,'' Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said. ''I thought the reason we took penalties was because we were in our end all night.
''Colorado has a very strong focus right now and is playing at a higher level than we are. If we expect to win Game 4 and extend this series, we're going to have to raise our level of play. In the gritty areas, they outplayed us tonight. They beat us to the loose pucks, they were stronger in front of our net than we were in front of their net.''
Podein scored just 1:39 into the game, taking a pass from Chris Drury along the boards and beating Belfour.
''Chris made a great play and I just whacked at it,'' Podein said.
Colorado later killed off two penalties, and Dallas withstood two short-handed situations, including a four-minute penalty on Modano for a high-sticking incident that left Deadmarsh with a bloody nose.
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