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2001 Playoffs

Colorado vs. New Jersey

Ray Bourque's power play goal early in the third period broke a 1-1 tie as the Colorado Avalanche beat the New Jersey Devils 3-1 to take a 2-1 series lead.

"It's not the first time he's scored a goal in the playoffs," Colorado coach Bob Hartley said. "It couldn't happen to a better guy than Ray Bourque."

Becoming the oldest player to score in the Stanley Cup finals at 40, Bourque blasted a slap shot from the top of the slot past Devils goalie Martin Brodeur.

"It's been a while, since 1990, that I've scored one in the finals, and I mentioned that to a couple of guys," said Bourque, who at 40 became the oldest player to score a goal in the Cup finals. "It was a big one. I would say it's the biggest goal I've scored."

Jason Arnott gave the Devils a 1-0 lead in the first period before Martin Skoula tied the game. Dan Hinote added an insurance goal for the Avs in the third period on a beautiful pass from Ville Nieminen.

"We had a great opportunity, I thought we started extremely well, and then we had a 5-on-3 and we didn't score," Devils coach Larry Robinson said. "After that, our team just lost all of its drive and composure and guys stopped working."

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