Avs Win Opener

Archived from 2001-02 season.

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The defending Stanley Cup champions Colorado Avalanche started the 2001-02 NHL season with a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Vaclav Nedorost had a goal and an assist in his first NHL game and Patrick Roy made 32 saves for the Avs.

"To get a goal in my first game, I would have to say I'm lucky," Nedorost said.

"You can't ask for anything more than that: first game, first goal," Joe Sakic said. "He can just relax now, that takes the pressure off him. He's going to have a great career, because he's got a lot of talent."

Mario Lemieux was held scoreless as the Penguins played their first game since 1989 without five-time scoring champion Jaromir Jagr on their roster. He was traded to Washington during the offseason.

The Penguins dominated the action early in the game, outshooting the Avs 14-6 in the first period, but could not score.

"The way they played in the first period, I'm sure they were deflated by the way Patrick kept the puck out of the net," Sakic said.

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