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May 26, 2001
Avalanche Embarrass Devils, 5-0
    The Colorado Avalanche embarrassed the New Jersey Devils in their Stanley Cup Finals home opener on Saturday, May 26, 2000.   The Avalanche Shutout the Devils, winning with a score of 5-0.
    Watching game 1, you can't help but feel that the series against Pittsburgh hurt the Devils - and I don't mean physically.   The Devils were so dominant against the Penguins, it just looked too easy for them.   Pittsburgh did not belong in the Conference Finals, and their being there hurt the Devils.   The Penguins provided no challenge whatsoever - in speed or physical play.   The Avalanche however, are fast and physical; something the Devils will have to prepare for, fast.
    11:07 into the first period, Joe Sakic beat Martin Brodeur with a wrist shot to give the Avalanche a 1-0 lead.   The Devils had not let more than 9 shots get through to Martin Brodeur in any playoff period to this point.   In the first period, the Avalanche outshot the Devils 14-7.
    The Avalanche led 1-0 after the first period.
    At 4:02 of the second period, Ray Bourque hit Randy McKay, fracturing his left hand.
    Chris Drury scored at 9:35 in the second period to give the Avs a 2-0 lead.   Joe Sakic got his second goal of the game at 15:06 to bring the Avs lead to 3-0.   Unfortunately, this should never have been a goal Petr Sykora was knocked into Martin Brodeur by Alex Tanguay - Brodeur never had a chance.   Not only should it not have been a goal, but the Devils would have been on the power-play.   I don't know why the referees did not disallow the goal, and even more so, I don't know why the Devils did not argue it.
    This marked the first time in the Devils entire playoff history (150 games) that they have trailed by three goals.
    After two periods, the Colorado Avalanche led 3-0, and outshot the devils 21-18.   The Avalanche did not sit back on their three goal lead, they continued to fight.
    At 5:36 in the third, Rob Blake got a power-play goal to give the Avalanche a 4-0 lead.   Steven Reinprecht made it 5-0 at 17:36.
    Final score of the game, Avalanche 5, Devils 0.   Colorado outshot the Devils 30-25 in the game.

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